• Peace Is Every Step

  • The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6,629 ratings)

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Peace Is Every Step

By: Thich Nhat Hanh
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. A ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to "mindfulness" - the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now.

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries, meditations, personal anecdotes, and stories from Nhat Hanh's experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the listener already is - in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking - and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices.

The deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage listeners to work for peace in the world as they continue to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the "mindless" into the mindful.

©1991 Thich Nhat Hanh (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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60% teaching, 40% political and personal agenda

I enjoyed the book up until political and personal agenda took over and the teachings stopped. If one can extract the teachings it's not too bad of a book. Highly disappointed at how the book changed and wandered off the path.

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Perfect on all counts

Thich Nhat Han is always without peer, but this isn't always true of Audible narrators. Mr. Ballerina was perfect as the narrator. His voice is mature, natural, and warm.

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Great approach to mindfulness

Would you consider the audio edition of Peace Is Every Step to be better than the print version?

I actually think this would be a great book to have in print. Everything is broken into small sections, so I could see myself bookmarking various pages, highlighting things, and then referring back to them often

What was one of the most memorable moments of Peace Is Every Step?

Overall I liked how the book was formatted. Small mini paragraphs that focused on mindfulness in various aspects of everyday life

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the section where he talked about 'interbeing' and how everything is related to everything else

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

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This is a book I can see myself going back to many times in the future. Full of great life advice, tidbits of wisdom, learned knowledge, and general advice on living a more mindful existence and being a better person. Great for people who are just becoming interested in mindfulness and meditation as well as for people more familiar with the topic. A must have addition to anyone's library

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A true jewel in the lotus.

Beautiful poetry for the heart. How to walk mindfully in daily life. The path to freedom and truth.

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Be still and look more deeply into things

Where does Peace Is Every Step rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For where I am in my journey it is tops

What other book might you compare Peace Is Every Step to and why?

'The Power of Now' present moment awareness

Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. I love his gentle approach, he is obviously one with the text

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile

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Gives a Christian a fuller view on life.

As a Christian exploring other belief systems, this book is amazing. I love the context and exploration Thich Nhat Hanh took me on in this book. It helped in the process of healing my soul.

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A pleasant read

Thich Nhat Hanh presents a simple book which is vry easy to read and listen. The only caveat to this book is that it lacks depth. For those with a deep, inquisitive mind, I recommend "Conversations with a Mystic" by Sadhguru and Cheryl Simone.

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Honestly I was expecting more

What disappointed you about Peace Is Every Step?

This is not a bad book, if you never read anything about meditation it's a great way to start but I would definitely not rate it 5 stars as most people did. The book could have been shortened quite a bit (and it's already short). I think the narrator did a good job and it's not his fault if the book could have had a richer content. I think it's not very helpful when people rate everything 5 stars and in this case the average rating of the book in my opinion is exaggerated

Would you ever listen to anything by Thich Nhat Hanh again?

no

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, but I had high expectations

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forever thankful ...

this Thich was timeless and forever. pertinent now, then, and evermore. I was a little shocked that this was written in 1991 and yet applicable to all our days since. narrator was very good. PEACE

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Must read

Everyone should read this book at least once in their life. sooner rather than later.

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  • 01-27-19

listened to it twice and plan to again

A truly beautiful book. so much wisdom. A wonderful experience to listen to. I feel very blessed to have come by your teachings. My wish would be that the whole world could be so open to the beauty of such a peaceful practice. With lots of gratitude, thank you 🧘‍♀️

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  • Mrs TD Maguire
  • 07-02-17

Thought provoking

Peace is every step
Excellent
Thought provoking.very spiritual in every word.
and life enhancing.
James maguire

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  • phil h
  • 03-01-17

Beautiful words

Beautiful and inspirational. Well read and a compass for life. If only the world could live by these words the suffering of humanity would be less and the world a more peaceful place.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-20

A lot of insight which makes you calm and peaceful

Narrated in a way that makes you already feel calm. You get insight in emotions and feelings so you can deal with them better.

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  • Sigrin
  • 02-09-22

Buddhist monks teachings

Thought I would join the bandwagon for mindfulness, calm and inner peace with this book.

Listening to this American man narrating, with his smarmy tone did not get me off to a good start.

I am sure Thich Nhat Hanh has many meaningful and insightful things to say about our every day lives and how we can live in a better way, but for me there were a few anomalies.

When he spoke about bells ringing, and finding that time to calm, focus our breathing and reach in to ground ourselves, that I can grasp.
However when he said "waiti for the third ring before answering.the phone" and then his comment that it must be hard for telephone operators to find calm and mindfulness, I stated switching off to the fact he was not looking at our modern lives holistically

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, who lives and breathes his work and he is not the everyday “ normal “ person.
So personally for me I found it a bit difficult to grasp all his theoretical ideology in our modern day world, There is an unfortunate theory practice gap displayed by Thich Nhat Hanh of which his understanding and interpretion has a cognitive bias

A phrase comes to mind regarding this book…..You need to walk in someone else’s shoes before you judge them,.... better still …. You need to take your own shoes off before you walk in someone else’s and make any judgements.

Thich Nhat Hanh thoughts and ways are very beautiful and genuine, However we must remind ourselvesr he has been a practising Buddhist all his life and now as a monk, he is in the upper echelons of Buddhism

What galls me is the people who will read/listen to this book and then preach to everyone that they in touch with their Yin and Yang, practice mindfulness and are at peace with themselves and life. Then the moment there is a bit of difficulty in life they become the shouty stressy ones....... The Dunning Kruger curve comes to mind for these individuals, as well as the similarity of those people who read a few medical bits on the internet and suddenly become google doctor

Anyway with that said, I am sure I will be slated for this review.
So enjoy a few calm hours listening to this, before you get on with your every day life again.

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  • SuziTHealth
  • 01-09-17

Peace Always

This eloquently narrated little gem contains everything to feel the simplicity of peace moment by moment. In a step...smile...breath...Each time I listen, I experience further insights and depth. As a success coach-free spirit with an extended family, this is the perfect balancing that feels balm to my soul.

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  • MR A I LEWANDOWSKI
  • 06-16-19

Very much nurturing .

I loved this book , whit it's kind writer and reader too. Helped me think deeper about things in life. I shall repeat the listening time to time to hear every time more from it.

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  • Faye T.
  • 01-07-22

Loved it

Brilliant book, have listened repeatedly. Will keep coming back to it. I love the author's calm teachings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-22

Absolutely beautiful

This book shows the beauty of mindfulness and living a loving life, truly inspiring for those on the introspective path.

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  • LovelyNess1970
  • 01-07-22

MINDFULNESS IN A NUTSHELL

Loved it! Very informative, extremely helpful guide to mindfulness. I never understood the concept until now, it will definitely help me get through the rigours of everyday life.

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  • Deanna
  • 12-05-16

The most imporant thing I have read.

This book. Every day. Well read and so inspiring. Very well explained and beautifully told.

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  • Mark
  • 11-18-21

Mindfulness

I came into this book very skeptical that it would help my anxiety. I saw this as “hippy nonsense” for tree huggers. How I was wrong…
I listened to this book driving to work, when my anxiety hit me the worst. For that whole week I felt happy, I felt calm, I felt aware of my anxiety and welcomed it rather that fight it.

I would say I am going to go and walks, hug trees and write poems of flowers. But I will respect my thoughts and be mindful of others. This is a highly rated book and it has helped me more than anything I have ever tried. Absolute respect.

As I breathe out I smile.

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  • Rika Ong
  • 10-08-21

Love it!

The book that I will listen over and over again. A good reminder to self that living in peace mindfully is important.

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  • Nora
  • 10-05-22

good listening.

wonderful narrator, and great book. very good to listen to.
loved the stories food for thought.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-29-22

beautiful if a bit simplistic

There were some really beautiful and moving sentiments in this book. There were a few negative mentions of technology like nuclear power and television which weren't really backed up. Overall, was a nice listen and a nice insight into the big heart of Thich Nhat Hanh

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  • wendy royston
  • 08-29-22

A handbook for peaceful living

We learn practical ways to bring peace and compassion into our lives and the world in this book. I listened each morning to a short passage while practising the breathing technique suggested at the beginning. It helped to enable me to have a calmer more peaceful day. We can’t be reminded too often of these techniques. 🙏🏽

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  • J booth
  • 07-13-22

Life Changing

The practical insight, guidance, understanding and practices shared in this book have drawn together and made sense of decades of learning, work and struggles. It provides the first real grounded way of bridging what is at root of my repeat failures to sustainable change and a fresh and practical way seeing and approaching creating and sustaining healthy relationship, and recognising state someone is relating from and my own... making it clearer on what is needed. It has made it way clearer on were homemade is and how to anchor there and know what is truely helpful and what is leading me astray. This books content is enriching in both broad and deep ways relevant to all areas of living a wonderful, awesome, fulfilling life. The author has shown were one’s power is accessible and flows in healthy ways and how to anchor in ones wellbeing power and flow.... many heartfelt thanks to her shared insight and practices. Recommend reading for all who want to end living life from distressed and shut down states and embrace their fullest potential in kinder gentler more respectful ways... to live their best life moment to moment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-22

Simple but on point.

Great reminder of living life mindfully, connecting to Mother Earth and finding peace in every moment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-22

Peaceful

Gives a peaceful feeling and peaceful metaphors to help act and live more mindfully. Listen and meditate on the words and you'll feel that peace I every step

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-22

Life changing simplicity

This book has completely changed the way I look at life. Simple, beautiful, and breathtaking.