Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child

Thich Nhat Hanh

Language: English

Pages: 184

ISBN: 1935209647

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Based on Dharma talks by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and insights from participants in retreats for healing the inner child, this book is an exciting contribution to the growing trend of using Buddhist practices to encourage mental health and wellness. Reconciliation focuses on the theme of mindful awareness of our emotions and healing our relationships, as well as meditations and exercises to acknowledge and transform the hurt that many of us experienced as children. The book shows how anger, sadness, and fear can become joy and tranquility by learning to breathe with, explore, meditate, and speak about our strong emotions. Reconciliation offers specific practices designed to bring healing and release for people suffering from childhood trauma. The book is written for a wide audience and accessible to people of all backgrounds and spiritual traditions.

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This can ruin the opportunity to reconcile at that time. So sometimes it’s safer and easier to write a letter. In a letter we can be perfectly honest. We can tell the other person that there are things she has done that have made us suffer, that have hurt us. We can write everything we feel inside. As we write, our practice is to be calm, to use the language of peace and loving kindness. We try to establish a dialogue. We can write things like, “My dear friend, I may be the victim of wrong

than that. We want to transform our own suffering and be free in order to help many other people to transform their suffering. As monks, nuns, lay practitioners, we should keep that beginner’s mind alive, because it is a powerful source of energy. We will be nourished by it. With that source of energy we will practice the precepts well. We will have enough energy to encounter and overcome the difficulties in our life of practice. So nourishing the mind of love, preserving the beginner’s mind,

started to arrange them on the sand. Sometime later, the bell calling us to dinner interrupted my concentration. I wiped the grit from my hands and stood to look at what I had made. A small stone table held two stone plates, piled with seeds from a plant on the bank. Two stone chairs sat by the sides of the table. The seating had a great view of the water. Early the next morning I walked back down to the stream. The small dining scene was still there and in the damp sand I could see the

down in the basement for so long. There is no way to avoid it. That is why the practice of mindfulness is so important. If mindfulness is not there, it is very unpleasant to have these seeds come up. But if we know how to generate the energy of mindfulness, it’s very healing to invite them up every day and embrace them. Mindfulness is a strong source of energy that can recognize, embrace, and take care of these negative energies. Perhaps these seeds don’t want to come up at first, perhaps

anger. We don’t have peace when fear is there, so it becomes the soil in which anger can grow. Fear is based on ignorance. Lack of understanding is also a primary cause of anger. Four Breathing, Walking, and Letting Go Our breath is a wonderful vehicle to bring us back to our body, our feelings, and our mind. We don’t need a lot of time if we know how to use mindful breathing. Breathing is something we do every day, but most of us don’t breathe mindfully, so we can’t go back to our

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