This Piece of Wisdom From a Zen Buddhist Master Will Change the Way You Treat Others…Forever

Thich Nhat Hanh meditation present moment
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Exiled Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh attends a photocall promoting the film 'Buddha' during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2006 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

There’s so much divide in the world right now. Hate is coming from all corners and I really don’t think it’s productive at all.

If you haven’t heard of him already, Thic Nhat Hanh is a master spiritual teacher and his advice below is something I believe we all need to hear. Check it out:

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change”

Hate, blaming, violence will never lead to anything positive. We need to make the effort to understand each other. We’re all rational human beings and we all have our reasons. The more we understand, the more we can progress.

We’re all in this together.

 


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