By Angela Maria Hart
The Miracle of Mindfulness focuses largely on Buddhist practices for achieving an inner peace like state. While there are religious undertones in the text, I was drawn to every day examples that were cited in the piece. For instance, the example of washing dishes really struck me. I liked the concept of having a moment of mindfulness in such a simple way. Rather than focus on “meditation,” enjoying the moment or focusing on a singular moment can be considered a form of meditation. This makes meditation easy and attainable. Rather than creating a To-Do List in one’s head while doing the dishes or listening to the radio, simply focusing on the task at hand is an example of living in the moment.
I truly appreciated the fact that The Miracle of Mindfulness focused on meditation in a realistic and relatable manner. Rather than advise readers to try and achieve a higher state by finding solitude in some remote location, the text offers simple methods to reach a calmer state. As someone who leads a very busy life and has a variety of tasks to complete on my To-Do List, I gravitated to the simple stories that Hanh cited. The mentality of living in the moment and viewing every day occurrences as miraculous was truly encouraging. The simple idea of focusing on one’s breathing or living in the moment really resonated with me as the reader.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the basic principles of meditation or those who desire an escape from the typical books (on meditation or relaxing) that one tends to come across. My particular edition of The Miracle of Mindfulness was published by Beacon Press and is approximately one hundred and ten pages. While it is not a particularly long read, it is an impactful one.