To give you a little insight on who this prominent Vietnamese Buddhist teacher was, we provided some information from Plum Village, a non-profit organization founded by the teacher himself:
The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây), our spiritual teacher, founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) in France in 1969, during the Vietnam war. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the School for Youths of Social Services in Vietnam. When not travelling the world to teach “The Art of Mindful Living”, he teaches, writes, and gardens in Plum Village, France, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a mindfulness practice center for lay people.
Thay’s teachings were briefly featured in a book by Jon Kabat-Zinn. We thought this same teaching could be applied to one’s wealth journey. No one said that your journey to wealth has to be painful. It’s important to practice techniques that will make your journey as smooth as possible.
Whether you realize it or not, you unconsciously practice everything that you do. Thich says that most of the time we are unwittingly practicing the opposite of that which we want to achieve. With all the unwanted habits that we hold, we’ve never acknowledged our efforts to manifesting them.
Examples of practicing unwanted behaviors can be varied. For example, every time we are anxious, we get better at anxiety. Every time we procrastinate, we get better at procrastination. Every time we ignore our finances, we get better at ignoring our finances. Therefore, we are trapped within a self-inflicted cycle. To break out of it, we need to consciously practice doing the opposite.
What to Do:
• Learn your vices. Don’t ignore them. Acknowledge them.
• Begin working on eliminating them. Don’t put your energy on vices. Put your energy in doing the opposite.
• Embrace the positivity already in your life. In addition to knowing what doesn’t work, it’s very important to also focus on that which does work. Be thankful for it.
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