Negative emotions can be nothing short of overwhelming.
Negative emotions have a way of affecting — even controlling — us to where it seems impossible to escape their influence. To the overwhelming sensation of anger to the deep reservoir created by sadness, emotions are one of the most powerful forces known to humankind. It goes without saying, then, that we’d want a way to help manage these challenging emotions. However, for most of us, we’re altogether unsuccessful.
But there’s much that we can do. And few people understand how to take control of negative emotions and manage difficult conditions as Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh does.
I discovered Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh over seven years ago when I was training in the martial arts.
I was obsessed with Bruce Lee at the time and had been for many years. What most people don’t know about Bruce, though, is that he was as much a philosopher as he was a martial artist. And he drew great inspiration from Zen Buddhism.
It was through Bruce that I eventually found Nhat Hanh, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. and has served as an example for several decades of what’s possible not only when we work on ourselves from within, emotionally and in pursuit of happiness, but also when we work together towards peace.
Through his writing, Thich Nhat Hanh introduced me to the practice of mindfulness, which has had a significant effect on my life and he has a wealth of wisdom for helping people deal with negative emotions, more than anyone I know.
Here are twenty-one incredible quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh to help you transform negative emotions and live a happier, more peaceful, and more balanced life.
I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight… I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence.
To take good care of ourselves, we must go back and take care of the wounded child inside of us. You have to practice going back to your wounded child every day. You have to embrace him or her tenderly, like a big brother or a big sister. You have to talk to him, talk to her. And you can write a letter to the Little child in you, of two or three pages,