The words of the famous Vietnamese Zen monk are filled with sweetness, but remain words if we don't turn them into experience. “Please don't wait until you finish the book to find peace. Peace and happiness are available at all times. Peace is every step. We will walk hand in hand. » Thich Nhat Hanh invites us to travel. Step by step, page after page, he distils his daily advice, so simple in appearance that we believe we already know them. “You can breathe anywhere, just sitting in your chair, at the office or in the car. Of course, we are aware, but do we think about it all the time? Likewise, meditating while walking, on the phone, eating in full consciousness, washing the dishes with joy, being in contact with life when we drink our tea… so many words of the Zen master which, if we do not apply them, take dust in our libraries.
The first part of the book reminds us that conscious breathing can illuminate every act of everyday life. The second part deals with transformation and healing: how to deal with our unpleasant feelings, without rejecting them or drowning in them? Fear, sadness, anger, recognize them, deeply examine their causes, so that, little by little, they are transformed. The third part speaks to us of peace, of war, reminding us of our responsibility as citizens and how we are all linked to each other. Each subject fits in one page, to browse according to our mood (parents, true love, friends, reconciliation, etc. If Buddhism is not put forward as such, each of these tips of the heart draws its roots there.