This webpage presents over 400 dharma talks, mainly given by Thich Nhat Hanh. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. He is the man Martin Luther King called “an apostle of peace and nonviolence.” His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment — the only way to truly develop peace in oneself and in the world.
Research has shown time and time again that our minds and bodies are linked: stress and depression can breed fatigue, while a positive outlook on life can provide us with an increased amount of energy. Willpower and determination can make us run faster and longer.
A new study expounds upon the link between mind and body; it shows that holding a grudge may not weigh only on your mind but also upon your physical person. Published in Social Psychological & Personality Science, the research states that the act of forgiveness — pardoning someone who has done you wrong — can not only metaphorically lift a burden off your shoulders, but it can do so physically, as well.
Many of you who have survived parental alienation wish to simply forget about the experience, hoping that forgetting will be synonymous with overcoming. However, it is not possible to erase pivotal life experiences or to truly forget about them. The human mind and body remember and clamor for healing. Healing from the wounds inflicted by parental alienation takes time, perseverance, and faith.
Hope that one will heal, that life will not always be so painful, and that the trauma that you have or are experiencing will not always define one’s sense of self.
Shock and disbelief – you may have a hard time accepting the reality of what happened
Fear – that life will never be the same again, or that you’ll lose control or break down
Sadness – for the children/grandchildren you have lost
Helplessness – no control over events may leave you feeling vulnerable and helpless
Guilt – that you could have done more.
Anger – you may be angry at the system, relatives, lawyers, social services and others you feel are responsible
Shame – especially over feelings or fears you can’t control
Relief – you may feel relieved that the worst is over, and even hopeful that your life will return to normal
I have decided to introduce this section for those of you who need to move on and and lead a healthier, more balanced, and happier life.
Together we will engage in the healing journey