Dear Still Water Friends
Years ago, when I was exploring meditation traditions, I was particularly attracted to what I now think of as the “practical wholism” of Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh). His understanding of our inextricable connection to all of life, what he called interbeing, was not only a philosophical or spiritual position, but also manifested as a mindful and grounded way of living. For Thay, everything mattered — our livelihoods, how we talk with those who disagree with us, how we heat or cool our homes, the type of bananas we purchase.
As Thay explained in “The Art of Living,” a 1994 article in The Mindfulness Bell:
Any look at right livelihood entails more than just examining the situation in which we earn our paycheck. Our whole life and our whole society are... Continued