Seeds of Love


From Thich Nhat Hanh’s Breathe, You are Alive: “There are seeds buried deep in our consciousness that we do not touch often enough, seeds of love, understanding, compassion, joy, knowing right from wrong, the ability to listen to others, nonviolence, and the willingness to overcome ignorance, aversion, and attachment. Through the practice of mindfulness, we learn to identify these traits in us and nurture them, with the help of teachers and spiritual friends, until they grow into beautiful flowers. When we survey our territory, tory, we also find destructive traits, such as anger, despair, suspicion, cion, pride, and other mental formations that cause us suffering. Because we do not like to look at these negative traits, we do not want to come back to ourselves. But with the aid of the practice of mindful breathing, we learn to take full responsibility for restoring ing our territory and taking good care of it.”


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