Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best-known Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world today. In his book No Mud, No Lotus, Nhat Hanh offers practices and inspiration for transforming suffering and finding true joy. The phrase used as the title of his book is inspiring to contemplate when dealing with suffering, pain and anxiety. We must accept the mud, the dirt and the grit of our lives and be present within them so that we are not overwhelmed and defeated by pain and sorrow. When we embrace turmoil and calm it down through mindfulness practices, we are able to see what can bloom and grow out of the suffering and pay attention to the wonders around and within us.
In No Mud, No Lotus, Nhat Hahn also writes, “The work of mindfulness is first to recognize the suffering and second to embrace it. A mother taking care of a crying baby naturally will take the child into her arms without suppressing, judging it, or ignoring the crying. Mindfulness is like that mother, recognizing and embracing suffering without judgment. So the practice is not to fight or suppress the feeling, but rather to cradle it with a lot of tenderness.” (pp. 26-27) What beautiful imagery to contemplate as we enter into a new week! If these thoughts speak to you, I encourage you to download our free desktop wallpaper of Nhat Hanh’s words so that you may embrace mindfulness and calm your sufferings daily.
Cassie Uhl is the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.