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Thich Nhat Hanh & Mindfulness
In the last few years, mindfulness has entered the mainstream. Armies of business consultants, lifestyle specialists, and self-styled gurus eagerly sell their own brand of mindfulness into schools, corporations, hospitals and government agencies. Record numbers= of books are being published looking at every angle of mindfulness from working mindfully to living mindfully, and its impact on alleviating stress and anxiety has fuelled a global appetite to find out more.
Just as `organic' became the new way for food, so `mindfulness' is the new way for the mind.
Widely acknowledged for introducing mindfulness to millions of people in the western world is the 90-year-old Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Today, he is avidly followed by world leaders in politics and business, particularly by CEOs in Silicon Valley, and by stars of stage and screen, including Oprah Winfrey who has twice invited him on her show.
Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by his friend Martin Luther King Jr., Thich Nhat Hanh is also a human rights activist, poet and successful author. His books have become worldwide bestsellers and he has over a million followers on Facebook.
In 1982, Thich Nhat Hanh set-up Plum Village - a monastery in rural France for monks and nuns to live, and for lay people from across the world to engage in mindful practice.
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