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Table of Contents
                            Copyright
About the Author
About the Editor
Books by the same author
Peace is Every Step
Foreword
Editor’s Introduction
Part One: Breathe! You Are Alive
Twenty-Four Brand-New Hours
The Dandelion Has My Smile
Conscious Breathing
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment
Thinking Less
Nourishing Awareness in Each Moment
Sitting Anywhere
Sitting Meditation
Bells of Mindfulness
Cookie of Childhood
Tangerine Meditation
The Eucharist
Eating Mindfully
Washing Dishes
Walking Meditation
Telephone Meditation
Driving Meditation
Decompartmentalization
Breathing and Scything
Aimlessness
Our Life Is a Work of Art
Hope as an Obstacle
Flower Insights
Breathing Room
Continuing the Journey
Part Two: Transformation and Healing
The River of Feelings
Non-Surgery
Transforming Feelings
Mindfulness of Anger
Pillow-Pounding
Walking Meditation When Angry
Cooking Our Potatoes
The Roots of Anger
Internal Formations
Living Together
Suchness
Look into Your Hand
Parents
Nourishing Healthy Seeds
What’s Not Wrong?
Blaming Never Helps
Understanding
Real Love
Meditation on Compassion
Meditation on Love
Hugging Meditation
Investing in Friends
It Is a Great Joy to Hold Your Grandchild
Community of Mindful Living
Mindfulness Must Be Engaged
Part Three: Peace Is Every Step
Interbeing
Flowers and Garbage
Waging Peace
Not Two
Healing the Wounds of War
The Sun My Heart
Looking Deeply
The Art of Mindful Living
Nourishing Awareness
A Love Letter to Your Congressman
Citizenship
Ecology of Mind
The Roots of War
Like a Leaf, We Have Many Stems
We Are All Linked to Each Other
Reconciliation
Call Me by My True Names
Suffering Nourishes Compassion
Love in Action
The River
Entering the Twenty-First Century
                        
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Table of Contents
Copyright
About the Author
About the Editor
Books by the same author
Peace is Every Step
Foreword
Editor’s Introduction
Part One: Breathe! You Are Alive
Twenty-Four Brand-New Hours , The Dandelion Has
My Smile, Conscious Breathing, Present Moment,
Wonderful Moment , Thinking Less, Nourishing
Awareness in Each Moment , Sitting Anywhere, Sitting
Meditation, Bells of Mindfulness, Cookie of Childhood,
Tangerine Meditation, The Eucharist, Eating Mindfully,
Washing Dishes , Walking Meditation, Telephone
Meditation, Driving Meditation,
Decompartmentalization, Breathing and Scything,
Aimlessness, Our Life Is a Work of Art , Hope as an
Obstacle, Flower Insights, Breathing Room, Continuing
the Journey
Part Two: Transformation and Healing
The River of Feelings, Non-Surgery, Transforming
Feelings, Mindfulness of Anger, Pillow-Pounding,
Walking Meditation When Angry , Cooking Our
Potatoes, The Roots of Anger, Internal Formations,

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very long-lasting. In order to have real transformation,
we have to deal with the roots of our anger—looking
deeply into its cause. If we don’t, the seeds of anger
will grow again. If we practice mindful living, planting
new, healthy, wholesome seeds, they will take care of
our anger, and they may transform it without our asking
them to do so.
Our mindfulness will take care of everything, as the
sunshine takes care of the vegetation. The sunshine does
not seem to do much, it just shines on the vegetation,
but it transforms everything. Poppies close up every
time it gets dark, but when the sun shines on them for
one or two hours, they open. The sun penetrates into
the flowers, and at some point, the flowers cannot
resist, they just have to open up. In the same way,
mindfulness, if practiced continuously, will provide a
kind of transformation within the flower of our anger,
and it will open and show us its own nature. When we
understand the nature, the roots, of our anger, we will
be freed from it.

When anger arises, we may wish to go outside to
practice walking meditation. The fresh air, the green

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trees, and the plants will help us greatly. We can
practice like this:

To lessen the unpleasant feeling brought about by the
anger, we give our whole heart and mind to the practice
of walking meditation, combining our breath with our
steps and giving full attention to the contact between
the soles of our feet and the earth. As we walk, we
recite this verse, and wait until we are calm enough to
look directly at the anger. Until then, we can enjoy our
breathing, our walking, and the beauties of our
environment. After a while, our anger will subside and
we will feel stronger. Then we can begin to observe the
anger directly and try to understand it.

Thanks to the illuminating light of awareness, after
practicing mindful observation for a while, we begin to

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