The following is a story of one part of Trish’s journey to free her voice. A moment of insight reveals
the source of an emotional wound and a deeply held negative belief. Years were required to heal
that wound, yet, transformation took place in only an instant... a gift from her Zen Master.
Oh, Thay, I Can Talk!
The early afternoon sun invites me to lie down, relax in its warmth, and be kind to myself. Why not take a nap? After all, I have nothing really to do and nowhere to go on this cold day on the coast of Maine where I've retreated for a year of solitude. I've made no friends in the lobster-fishing village one mile from my small cottage, though I am on nodding terms with one or two. A visitor is not likely to drop by, for which I am grateful.
I am here to lick my wounds, to rest my mind and body, to nurture myself, after several years of increasing tension, arguments, and uncontrollable anger between my husband and me. I've taken refuge in the far north, so alien to a southerner. The winters are harsh. The environment invites and supports deep and prolonged reflection.
My cottage sits on a hillside, at the end of a narrow, rough and unpaved driveway, hidden from the eyes of passersby on the road that runs along the cove100 yards below. Four acres of trees protect me on all sides, wit...
“Peace in Oneself, Peace in the World”
Audio of a public talk given by Thay Thich Nhat Hanh
in 2007 in Hanoi, Viet Nam.