Mediation and mindfulness are two terms that are used synonymously by everyone. While meditation is an inherent part of mindfulness, to attain the state of trance with meditation guided meditation guidance is vital. Thich Nhat Hanh, through his book, The Blooming of a Lotus, has provided a Pandora’s box of guided meditation transcripts.
The Blooming of a Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh – Guided meditation guidance for laymen
Being a mindfulness coach and a meditation teacher, I have always been intrigued by various aspects of different forms of meditation. Be it energy meditation, love and kindness meditation, or visualization meditation, the guided meditation process enhances the experience of shifting awareness. The guide/guru knows what to concentrate on and when. However, not everyone can listen to guided meditation all the time. Hence the author has provided a bunch of guided mediations, which could reach the readers so that they could learn and value your capability.
The meditation process has been explained in detail in each section. The author directs us as to what to imagine and tell ourselves while we meditate or provide guided meditation to others. There are clear instructions as to what to say or imagine while taking each breath. This, if practiced with sincerity could deliver unfathomable results. The book takes us to a new realm of emotions like the book Ultimate Reality did.
Buddhist ideology and meditation
For a follower of the Buddhist lifestyle, Thich Nhat Hanh and his guided meditation guidance is not new. But for someone like me, it was endearing to read the meditation and mindfulness ideologies. I have upheld them till now, have seamlessly integrated with the principles that I have upheld. The book somehow proved that there is only one universal language of happiness – peace. The meditations have a variety of themes. The book makes us feel the love for ourselves and the living beings around us. Moreover, the book has guided meditation for all aspects of life. The author, through the book, teaches us to control and navigate our emotions. If the readers follow the meditations given in the book, a transformation in their lives is a guarantee.
If not for meditation, reading the book as a piece of literature could also deliver a palpable and lucid feeling of fulfillment and peace. When the author says “We want to look deeply into your suffering and learn from it”, the readers would transform into a child. It gives immense satisfaction to be counted on.
The book is for all those who need validation, for the ones who lack self-confidence. It’s also for the ones who find it difficult to handle emotions. The book is also for those who want to know more about guided meditations.
In The Blooming of a Lotus, Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s most revered Buddhist teachers, presents a lucid, yet powerful guide to building loving relationships, cultivating compassion, and fostering a deeper sense of commitment to the self. Through a range of meditation exercises, this book teaches both beginners and seasoned practitioners how to regulate their patterns of consumption. And actions to become more aware and, as a result, prevent grief and anger from driving our decisions. Thematically organized according to the complex bonds we share with our physical bodies, our inner world, and the outside world. The Blooming of a Lotus is a meditative journey that will enable readers to experience a calmer, more rooted, and, ultimately, more joyous way of life.
About the author
Thich Nhat Hanh was one of the best-known Zen Buddhist teachers in the world. He was the author of numerous bestselling books. And he founded the Plum Village in southwest France where he taught the art of mindful living. He passed away in Hue, Vietnam, in January 2022.