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By Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong

"Freedom isn't given to us by way of a person; we need to domesticate it ourselves."
—Thich Nhat Hanh

This compendium of the middle teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, in response to a conversation given at a jail, indicates how mindfulness perform can domesticate freedom irrespective of the place you are.

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He took on that appearance to help other hungry ghosts, but in truth, he was a compassionate being. Many of us are afraid of being attacked, so we sometimes pretend to be tough and cruel to protect ourselves, even though we have compassion and understanding inside. Without compassion, we suffer a lot and we make people around us suffer. With compassion, we can relate to other living beings and we can help them suffer less. If you are inhabited by the energy of compassion, you live in the safest of environments.

They hold their child’s hand and say, “Darling, breathe with me. Breathing in, I am aware that my abdomen is rising. ” They guide their child to breathe with them until he or she gets through the emotion. If you know the practice, you will be able to generate the energy of stability, and you will be able to hold another person’s hand and transmit to him or her the energy of your stability. You can help that person cross out of the eye of the storm; it may help save someone’s life. So many young people these days don’t know how to handle their emotions.

If you are really grounded in the present moment and the future becomes the object of your mindfulness, you can look deeply at the future to see what you can do in the present moment for such a future to become possible. We say that the best way of taking care of the future is to take care of the present, because the future is made of the present. Taking care of the present moment is one of the best things you can do in order to ensure a good future. When we bring past events to the present moment and make them the object of our mindfulness, it teaches us a lot.

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