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I Have Arrived, I am Home | Thich Nhat Hanh, 2014 07 20

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    I have arrived, I am home.
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    It's very simple,
    but that is the practice.
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    And walk in such a way that you arrive,
    and you feel like home.
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    You do not walk
    like a sleepwalker anymore,
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    you are walking as a free person,
    you are walking like a Buddha.
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    To be a Buddha and walking
    on earth is possible.
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    A Buddha is a man who is awake,
    who can be in the here and the now,
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    who can enjoy the present moment.
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    You can be a Buddha,
    walking on this beautiful planet.
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    Is very important that you feel at home
    in the here and the now,
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    only when you feel at home
    in the here and the now
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    that you really have peace.
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    Without peace,
    there's no happiness and joy.
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    Peace is the absence of conflict.
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    When you deny the here and the now,
    when you are not satisfied with yourself,
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    what is there when you are
    searching for something else,
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    you are not at peace with yourself.
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    When you breathe in and bring
    your mind home to your body,
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    you make peace between mind and body.
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    Very often, in your early life,
    you left your body alone.
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    When you spend two hours
    with your computer,
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    you forget completely
    that you have a body.
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    In that moment, body and mind
    are not together,
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    you are not truly alive,
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    when body and mind
    are away from each other.
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    So, breathing in mindfully
    you ride on your inbreath
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    and go home to yourself.
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    You bring your mind home
    to your body,
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    and eternally, you are fully present
    in the here and the now.
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    And that's only two seconds,
    three seconds for breathing in,
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    to bring the mind home to your body.
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    And there, mind and body together,
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    you are established
    in the here and the now
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    and you get in touch
    with the wonders of life.
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    That's simple enough.
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    So, every breath you take,
    every step you make,
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    should be able to bring you home
    to the here and the now,
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    that is the basic practice.
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    And you don't have to struggle,
    to force yourself to do that,
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    because breathing in like that
    can be very pleasant,
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    and making a step like that
    can be very pleasant also,
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    there is no violence, there is no forcing,
    just awakening,
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    a wake up from a long dream,
    from a long sleep.
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    You wake up to the fact that life
    is available in the here and the now,
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    that you are alive, that the wonders
    of life in you and around you,
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    and you can enjoy being alive,
    right here and right now.
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    And you have more than enough
    conditions in order to be happy,
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    so that is insight, that is mindfulness
    and concentration.
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    That back the value of your breath
    and your step;
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    a breath made like that,
    a step made like that can bring you
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    a lot of freedom and happiness.
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    I have arrived, I am home.
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    You feel comfortable in your home,
    your true home is not in Germany,
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    in Holland, in Singapore, your true home
    is the here and the now,
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    where you can touch the wonders of life,
    your ancestors are available
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    in the here and the now.
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    I have arrived, I am home,
    in the here and the now.
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    The here and the now is where I arrive,
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    is my true home.
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    I am solid, I am free.
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    This is not wishful thinking,
    solidity is what you cultivate by walking.
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    Every step helps you cultivate
    more solidity.
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    To be solid means to be established
    truly in the here and the now.
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    The past cannot pull you away,
    the future cannot pull you away,
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    you are well established
    in the here and the now,
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    you are solidly established
    in the here and the now.
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    And with one step, breathing in,
    you can contemplate that solidity,
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    and you are free, I am solid, I am free,
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    you are free because the past
    and the future,
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    your projects, your sorrows
    cannot pull you away anymore.
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    So, while walking you cultivate
    more solidity and freedom,
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    and that has the power to heal you,
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    and to bring you happiness.
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    So that's a song everyone may like
    to memorize
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    in order to practice walking or breathing,
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    "I have arrived, I am home,
    in the here, in the now.
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    I am solid, I am free,
    in the ultimate, I go".
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    In the ultimate means that you see that
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    this physical body of yours
    is not the only body you have.
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    You have a cosmic body,
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    and you have to recognize
    your cosmic body,
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    and you look into your physical body,
    you see your cosmic body,
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    the air, the water, the heat, the soil,
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    and you are made of stars.
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    We know very well that
    without the sunshine,
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    there would be no life on Earth.
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    So you are made of sunshine.
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    And the sun is a star,
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    is the one of the biggest stars
    in the whole galaxy,
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    and that star is very close,
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    and because the sun is there,
    life on earth is possible.
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    So you are a son of the sun,
    you are a daughter of the sun,
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    you can call that star "Father Sun",
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    and you are a daughter of Mother Earth,
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    a son of Mother Earth,
    you are made of stars.
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    And you have, if you look deeply
    you know that,
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    this physical body is not the only body
    you have,
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    you still have a cosmic body.
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    Suppose you contemplate a wave
    that is born on the ocean,
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    that wave has come from the ocean,
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    and she will go home to the ocean
    in order to be reborn again
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    as another wave.
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    So the wave has a wave body
    and also an ocean body,
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    and the moment when she realizes
    that she has an ocean body,
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    she'll lose all her fear,
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    fear of birth and of death.
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    Look at the clouds in the sky,
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    they also come from the ocean,
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    and if they meditate well enough,
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    they'll see that,
    although they have a cloud body,
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    they have also an ocean body.
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    Is very important for the cloud
    to realize that he has an ocean body,
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    so when he's no longer a cloud,
    he still has his ocean body.
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    So the ultimate is that,
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    God is the ultimate,
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    nirvana is the ultimate.
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    Nirvana is the true nature of reality,
    the nature of no birth and no death,
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    no coming and going,
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    God is the ultimate, God is nirvana.
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    So you have a nirvana body,
    you have a God body,
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    you have a cosmic body,
    and if you walk deeply in mindfulness
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    you can touch our cosmic body,
    we can touch the ultimate,
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    we touch our nature of no birth
    and no death.
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    So walking meditation can bring
    very deep insight
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    and dissipate all kind of fear.
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    Is a simple practice,
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    and practicing walking not only
    you can get in touch with the wonders
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    of life that can be nourishing
    and healing,
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    but you can touch also the ultimate,
    in order to be liberated
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    from all fear and anxiety.
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I Have Arrived, I am Home | Thich Nhat Hanh, 2014 07 20
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