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Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness and interbeing

February 28, 2015

A few years ago I came across Wake Up, a group of people getting together to share being and interbeing, in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen monk and teacher in mindfullness. Mindfullness allows you to be in this present moment, with whatever there is, right now, right here. It means that within this moment happiness and peace is available for all, always.

If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. “Interbeing” is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix “inter-“ with the verb “to be,” we have a new verb, inter-be.

Thich Nhat Hanh