Author: Thich Naht Hanh
The great secret to living happily is recognizing and transforming suffering, not running away from it. A difficult purpose to pursue. Pain scares us and the society in which we live suggests many ways to avoid looking deeply at what torments us. There are those who use food to avoid feeling the pain, those who get stunned by television, alcohol or other means of mass distraction. Thich Nhat Hanh suggests facing pain openly, stopping, practicing conscious breathing and meditating, so as to generate the energy needed to fully live one's life. “When we learn how to suffer, we suffer much much less”, says the Zen master, and we experience joy as well as pain in an authentic way. With the usual clarity and joy, Thich Nhat Hanh shows in these pages how to consciously deal with the wounds within us. In other words, it teaches us the art of happiness.