As humans there are certain mundane and routine acts that we perform so innately, we may not even think about them! We learn to walk, for example, at such a young age and continue to walk our entire lives until we can not. Then there are things like eating or sitting that you do all the time that you don’t even pay attention to. But did you ever imagine that you might be doing things simple acts wrong? Or maybe that with simple alterations in how you do these everyday acts, you may feel ten times better about yourself?
This is the idea behind zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s How To Live book series. These pocket sized books are more so pamphlets on how to add the practice of mindfulness to everyday activities that you perform. This five book series includes: How to Sit, How to Eat, How to Love, How to Walk, and How to Relax. What makes these so helpful (and such an easy read) is that each book gives simple directions on how you can add mindfulness to each act. In How to Eat, Hanh gives advice about eating in moderation and taking time to savor your food, which can help in eating a lot more healthier. In How to Love, reminds readers that in order to love others properly, we must fall in love with ourself first. In How to Walk, Hanh notes that paying attention to our surroundings and taking in the moment makes for a more pleasant walk. Each book is also paired with lovely illustrations by Jason DeAtonis.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese-born monk, scholar, and human rights activist. He has authored over 100 books discussing the practices of Buddhism and peace. His work has touched millions, even the likes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who nominated Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. Thich Nhat Hanh is 90 years old.
To purchase the entire series or any one of the five books, you can find them here.