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Every Breath We Take, Every Step We Make Can Be Filled With

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\”Every breath we take, every step we make can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity\”

Thich Nhat Hanh

 Vietnamese Buddhist monk, and peace activist

Prolific author, poet, and teacher

Founder, Plum Village Tradition

It does not matter what your religion is…. 

In this case, Thich Nhat Hanh is our Buddist preacher who encourages us to focus on the breath.


So, when you Take A Breath, Think Peace.

When you Take A Breath, Think Joy.

When you Take A Breath, Think Of Serenity.

What he is teaching us is that in our daily living….just as we breathe…

We can have peace, joy, and serenity. Do you believe it? 


Sometimes we don\’t. We’re too tired.  We’ve been worn down. We may even think we are too tired to believe.


Yet that peace, joy, and serenity are just as natural as breathing. You can have it today, you can.  


What if you thought every time you breathe, you breathe in peace

The Next Breath: Joy. 

The Next Breath: Serenity. 

What if every single breath was labeled peace, joy, or serenity

Then you\’d really be living in that kind of atmosphere all the time!

Keep Breathing, and You Can Do It,



Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist.

He lives in Plum Village spiritual community in the South of France and travels extensively giving talks on peace and spiritual values. He has been a lifelong peace-activist dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to conflicts. Thich Nhat Hanh has also written extensively on ways to find inner peace and inner happiness. He is credited with coining the term ‘Engaged Buddhism’ – a series of teachings which seek to bring practical Buddhist wisdom into daily life.

He was born Nguyen Xuan Bao, in the city of Quang Ngai in Central Vietnam in 1926. At the age of 16, he entered into a Zen Buddhist monastery and took the name Thich Nhat Hanh. As well as practising meditation, Thich Nhat Hanh founded the School of Youth for Social Service (SYSS) – this was a voluntary organisation which visited rural areas in Vietnam helping to provide education, healthcare services, and improving local infrastructure.