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Be Free Where You Are: A Book Review
A life changing spiritual book for meditation.
“Be Free Where You Are” by Thich Nhat Hanh is a non-fiction manual for mindfulness meditation.
Thich Nhat Hanh runs a mindfulness meditation center in France, and lived in Vietnam during the Vietnam war.
This is one of my favorite books….of all time!
You can finish the entire book in about an hour.
But don’t let that fool you. Hanh has spared no word! This book is full of useful information about mindfulness.
Hanh teaches you about mindfulness in the most concise and precise way. And he includes several extremely helpful exercises for mindful living, and processing emotions mindfully.
The book talks all about freedom and being in the present moment.
He also talks about his experiences during the Vietnam war, watching villages being destroyed, and how he dealt with that anger.
“When you understand the pain of those who cause you suffering and choose to let it go, forgiveness will come naturally,” (ix).
What you will learn in this book:
1. How to deal with strong emotions such as anger. He gives you specific exercises.
2. The importance of being present in your life. Here he also gives you specific exercises you can practice.
3. And exploration of the soul, and why we are put here on this earth. He talks a lot about how we can change the world by being present and releasing our anger.
4. Freedom, what it is, and how to achieve it.
5. Understanding and compassion. Especially for those who want to cause you harm. He talks about ways of forgiving others and why that’s so important.
6. Habit energy. What is it, and how to work with your own personal habit energy.
7. Question and Answer section about his work with mindfulness, and mindfulness in general.
What I learned from this book:
1. How to weather the storm of my difficult emotions.
I was a person who experienced MANY emotions on a daily basis. Most of them unresolved emotions from the past.
The practical exercises in this book allowed me the tools to work through those difficult emotions when they arose for me. Something that makes this book invaluable to me.
2. What mindfulness really is.
So mindfulness has really taken off in the past few years, with each person putting their unique spin on what mindfulness is.
But with so many definitions, exercises, and audio files out there it’s hard to know exactly how to incorporate mindfulness into daily life.
His exercises of mindful walking, and how to reach freedom changed all of this for me.
Mindfulness changed from being something I practice on the mat, to something I live every moment of my life.
3. Peace of mind.
MY mind was a scary place. And it still can be from time to time.
This book…changed that for me.
I came to realize that I could choose not to live in the labyrinth of my thoughts…and live instead in the splendor of the present moment.
This book is not long. But it is powerful.
Simplicity is the word that describes this little manual. But I am SO glad I found this book.
It changed my life.
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