A Mealtime Blessing from Thich Nhat Hanh

Each time you eat can be a way of expanding your awareness and gratitude (not to mention expanding your waistline!) Here is one way to offer grace. Five Gathas by the Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. Serving Food In this food I see clearly the presence of the entire universe supporting my existence. Looking […]

Building A Spiritual Life – The Votes Are In!

Several years ago, I shared something I’d come across called Daily Necessities:  Tips & pointers for building a spiritual life from scratch, and I asked View Pacific’s readers to vote on which ones they find helps them the most. Okay, it’s been more than five years, and since then this site has had over 97,000 […]

The only moment

Through meditation, we practice resurrection in every moment. This is the practice of living in the everyday. We must not lose ourselves in the past or in the future. The only moment in which we are alive, in which we may touch life, is the present moment, the here and now. Thich Nhat Hanh Meditation […]

If you’re not outraged, you’re paying attention

Yes, that’s right. Paying attention doesn’t mean being outraged by what you see. Outrage comes from not paying attention, from having the attention being distracted, whether by judgement, right/wrong thinking, or denial of things as they truly are. Many people notice their outrage when things are different than they want, prefer, or expect. Many people […]

the joy and sadness of living as love

There’s an old story about a donkey equally between its hay and water, and unable to make a decision, stays stuck in the moment and dies equally from hunger and thirst. I don’t want to stay stuck like that. Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes […]

Living Forever

Do not stand at my grave and weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye Do not stand at my grave and weep: I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow, I am the sun on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. […]

Steps Of Happiness or Steps Towards Happiness?

In an earlier post on this blog, I shared a list of steps I regularly take which add to my happiness. I originally entitled it Steps Towards Happiness. My reasoning was that no single steps would automatically bring happiness to me or anybody. Also, it seemed to me that by heading more and more often […]

Reinventing our world

“When we’re curious, we can reinvent our world. Old wounds don’t have to continue to poison the present.” Thich Nhat Hanh I’ve noticed years ago that when I’m on a vacation, things seem brighter and more interesting. The sky looks brighter, the clouds more beautiful, and the food tastes better. I’ve noticed this in so […]