People say that walking on water is a miracle. But to me walking peacefully on the earth is the real miracle. The Earth is a miracle. Each step is a miracle. Taking steps in our beautiful planet can bring real happiness.
Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-2022) was a Vietnamese Buddhist monk,
peace activist, prolific author, poet and teacher,
who founded the Plum Village Tradition,
historically recognized as the main inspiration
for engaged Buddhism.
“I want to bring everybody’s mind back to that wonderful picture taken from the moon of our beautiful green, blue, and white planet in the darkness of the universe. That is the definition of a miracle. And, the fact that we can walk on this planet that’s teeming with sentient life all around us is just astonishing to me. What dogs do is they alert me to that reality every day by being so curious and attentive. The poet Mary Oliver wrote that the most important thing we can do is observe, be curious, and pay attention. And when we pay attention, the world opens up to us. It’s an astonishing thing. We are here to enjoy this miraculous and short time of being alive. And that’s what this quote means to me.”
Hersch Wilson, author of Firefighter Zen and
Dog Lessons: Learning the Important Stuff
from Our Best Friends