Throughout this book, Thich Nhat Hanh talks about one being mindful. Anyone would define this term, being mindful means to acknowledge what you are doing, why you are doing it and so forth. Alternatively, mindfulness is also an agent of healing, just like The Holy Spirit, also being an agent of healing. It means to be understanding at a new level for yourself, to see from a new perspective and listen more deeply than you had previously. Mindfulness is not just knowing what you are doing and not being ignorant of something that is going on in the world, or not helping others when they are in need. As Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, the concept of being happy to be alive, and being thankful for the world we live on, and being thankful to God by taking care of ourselves is a way of being “mindful.” Being mindful is something that I can relate with my religion and co-relate to. As a Catholic, I already can perceive the Holy Spirit as a healing agent. I can apply being mindful in my life by, praying for the help of the Holy Spirit to help me, when I am in need of help or wisdom. Among other things, like taking care of others and myself both physically and spiritually. I can also take this concept in my faith by praising God, and thanking him for all that I have in my life.
Another theme is to be understanding. The author talks about being there for someone and understanding his or her pain along with trying to make...
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...uly get me to and through the right path. Wisdom can be helped with knowledge but also experiences and I take these experiences I learn and go through within in my faith and everyday life outside of church, like school or home. Finally, This concept is very compatible with my faith because the book discusses, “touching The Living Christ in each person we meet”, and also that I must learn from my experiences and take that knowledge and use it to make sure that I am going on the right path and that I am staying on the right path.
To cut a long story short, the themes I have listed in this book report on Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Living Buddha, Living Christ, are healthy and recommended themes. Although, my faith does not promote these outwardly as a Catholic would the Ten Commandments, if one looks deeply into the words, one would see these themes in The Commandments.
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