"There is an infinite amount of living species on our planet Earth, and the manifestation and continuation of each specie depends on all the others".The global pandemic we are currently living is a convincing demonstration of it. Thich Nhat Hanh takes the example of an orange : the slices of the orange are part of the orange, just like its seeds and its peel. « It’s what we call the universal aspect of the orange. Everything in the orange is the orange, but at the same time, the peel is still the peel, the seeds are still the seeds, the slices are still the slices. The slices don’t have to transform for harmony to exist. » We exist as individuals, but it’s only possible because, together, we are part of a whole. These are universal principles (The five practices for Mindfulness): protection of life (reduce violence), true happiness (social justice), true love, loving words and deep listening (communication), transformation and healing (conscious consumption).
« Choose one thing and accomplish it thoroughly and carefully, and you will have accomplished all things »said Thich Nhat Hanh, when he answered a youth who felt overwhelmed by the immensity of the society’s problems.
« Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil, Polish it and repolish it constantly, add sometimes and erase often. »It’s the work of an entire life, so it’s a daily practice.
« When we destroy animals, atmosphere, trees, we destroy ourselves. We must develop an unconditional love for all beings, so that animals, atmosphere, plants and minerals can keep on being what they are ».