Is Nothing Something?: Kids Questions and Zen Answers About Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between by Thich Nhat HanhIn Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives. Beginning with the most basic questions, What is important in life and Why is my brother mean to me and progressing through issues that we all wrestle with, such as How do I know if I really love somebody, How long am I going to live? and What does God look like?, each page presents a question with a short answer from Thich Nhat Hanh, appropriate for beginning readers to work with on their own. The back of the book has practices adults can use with their children to go deeper into the answers and the first complete childrens biography of Thich Nhat Hanh, along with an appendix of In-depth explanations and further commentary for adults. Both humorous and profound, Is Nothing Something? is the perfect resource for kids with questions, adults looking for how to answer them, and anyone with questions of their own.
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I have been regularly meditating for many years now, but over the past couple weeks, I have encountered a deep resistance to the practice. Meditation has felt like a struggle, and I have had to force myself to do what not long ago was a source of great joy to me. During this time, I have made the time to sit in meditation, but I have been distracted with thoughts of discontentment, a strong sense that I have better things to do, that sitting and doing nothing is a waste of my time. But when we lose ourselves in activities we diminish our quality of being. We do ourselves a disservice. In the West, we are very goal oriented.
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But working harder is not necessarily working smarter. Our lives have become defined by busyness. Look around you at the train station, in cafes, out on the street, people are glued to their mobile handset or tablet. I recently asked an executive I once coached how many emails she received a day. I need time to think. But doing nothing has never really been acceptable. We associate it with irresponsibility, wasting our life.