I bought my first copy of The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh years ago, long before yoga was a part of my daily life. Thich Nhat Hanh, of course, is a global spiritual leader and Vietnamese monk who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr. In his nomination, Dr. King wrote, “Here is an apostle of peace and non-violence, cruelly separated from his own people while they are oppressed by a vicious war which has grown to threaten the sanity and security of the entire world.”
Nhat Hanh wrote The Miracle of Mindfulness in 1974 as a long letter to another monk in charge of a school that trained students to help rural villagers deal with the effects of war in South Vietnam. Including about 40 pages of Buddhist sutras, or verses, the whole volume is only 140 pages.
If I expected any quick or easy fixes to soothe my overactive brain, I was immediately disappointed. References to being a beginner and exercises about counting your breath that should go on for months were overwhelming. A person could get faster results from Western pharmaceuticals, I thought.