Silence – the power of quiet in a world full of noise
I was gifted this book by a family member for my birthday. It’s special to me for many reasons but this family member and I often discuss our quest for peace and quiet in our lives, how we try and how we fail – so you can imagine my joy in receiving a book with a title such as this.
I have lightly dabbled in the world of mindfulness and meditation and am keen to learn more. Not just because it sounds wonderful but also because there is a science to it, I can understand it. This book explores what it really means to be a human being at peace and how we can all introduce it int our daily lives.
Throughout the book Thich Nhat Hanh walks you through other peoples stories; their journeys and their development into living a more peaceful life – I found this particularly interesting. I very much enjoyed reading about all types of people who hit obstacles in their lives and yet still found peace through mindfulness and the quest for inner silence. In other sections he makes suggestions on how to introduce changes into your life. Some recommendations seem simple and achievable so I have started introducing them each day, for example the breathing exercises – I am planning on writing out the affirmations so I can learn them to recite each morning.
There are some parts of this practice that seem perhaps a little beyond me currently, for example ‘making sure you spend 15 outside each morning’. Maybe if I was located in California I would be more inclined to see this through but being UK based in February makes this a less appealing. I know this is a poor excuse and potentially I am missing the whole point but perhaps in the spring it could be something I introduce.
I love the way this book is written, the tone is very calming and I immediately believed him, this is something I can struggle with when reading non fiction. But he speaks with such purpose you cannot help but be drawn into him. As well as discussing an interesting subject matter he is a very informed writer, his words pour over the page and invite you in. I think its fair to say that I indeed drank the cool-aid.
I would recommend this book to any friend or family member who seeks to find the peace in their life. Or even for those who don’t seek it but you can see that they need it. I think it is a book I will return to in times of struggle to help guide me through, I believe it is a piece of writing that perhaps you gain a new perspective on from reading it each time.
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