Friday, October 28, 2011

Create Positive Energy With Calmness and Patience

Suppose you are in the desert, and you only have one glass of muddy water. You have to transform the muddy water into clear water to drink, you cannot just throw it away. So you let it settle for a while, and clear water will appear. In the same way, we have to convert anger into some kind of energy that is more constructive, because anger is you. Without anger you have nothing left. That is the work of meditation.

~ From the book, Being Peace, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, October 21, 2011

Suffering Teaches Us About Love

Without suffering, we do not have the opportunity to cultivate compassion and understanding; and without understanding, there can be no true love.

~ From the book, You Are Here, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, October 14, 2011

Business Is About Love

If you understand your employees, you will be able to love, accept, and care for them. You want more than employees; you want allies, allies on the path of service.

Once we have created good communication and harmony in our workplace, we can extend it to our customers or constituents, and finally to the larger community.

~ From the book, The Art of Power, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Friday, October 7, 2011

Culture Determines Our Programming

Western children are encouraged to sleep alone and to move as quickly as possible toward independence in their thinking and choices to be unfettered free agents with autonomous identities and masters of their universes. Eastern children are taught to have a strong sense of connection to others and only see themselves in relationship to the whole as represented by their family, neighborhood, culture, Tao, etc., so context becomes important, not the individuals.

~ From The Bond: Connecting Through The Space Between Us by Lynne McTaggart