Big Toe Mindfulness

After reading the following thoughts by Thich Nhat Hanh, I had to share:

“There are so many things that can provide us with peace. Next time you take a shower or a bath, I suggest you hold your big toes in mindfulness. We pay attention to everything except our toes.  When we hold our toes in mindfulness and smile at them, we will find that our bodies have been very kind to us. We know that any cell in our toes can turn cancerous, but our toes have been behaving very well, avoiding that kind of problem.  Yet, we have not been nice to them at all. These kinds of practices can bring us happiness.” -Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced Tick Naught Han) is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk, a poet and a peacemaker. I’m a big fan. I first encountered him in a podcast interview with Krista Tippett in Speaking of Faith (download that podcast HERE).

If nothing else, the above quote should make you smile at the seeming absurdity of the idea of contemplating your big toe. But I really hope that you take a moment to consider the miracles that lay before us every day in the simple joys and graces of our lives.


~ by Kimberly Mason on August 26, 2008.

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