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Lions Roar : May 2015
there’s nothing wrong with thinking; it can be the beginning of great things. The problem is that our thoughts are so frequently negative and repetitive that they end up preventing us from recognizing the beauty all around us. In his new book, Thich Nhat Hanh offers tips on finding some internal and external silence so we can hear the call of beauty. We discover how to pay attention, how to listen deeply, and how to be still. Silence, says Thich Nhat Hanh, is profoundly joyful and nourishing. BEGINNING ANEW Four Steps to Restoring Communication by Sister Chan Khong Parallax Press, 128 pp., $12.95 (paper) Beginning anew is a practice that dates back 2,600 years, when the Buddha and his com- munity of monastics practiced it on the eve of every full moon and new moon. This four- step technique is taught here by Sister Chan Khong, Thich Nhat Hanh’s closest collaborator and the author of Learning True Love. Beginning anew practice is an opportunity to look deeply and honestly at yourself and to refresh your relation- ships with others through mindful communication. The first step, called watering each other’s flowers, is to express appreci- ation for the person you’re speaking to—for their wholesome qualities, for their talents, and for their acts of kindness. It’s also a good idea to practice flower-watering for yourself. This helps combat low self-esteem, which can negatively affect all aspects of your life, including your relationships. The second step of beginning anew is to voice your regret for any unskill- ful action you’ve committed against the other person. The third is to ask them how you might have been unknowingly hurtful, and the fourth is to admit how the other person has hurt you. In any relationship—be it romantic, parental, pro- fessional, or what have you—minor issues can build up over time and eventually lead to a major rift. But if you practice beginning anew, says Sister Chan Khong, problems are dealt with quickly and don’t escalate. KIND AWARENESS Guided Meditations for an Inner Revolution Audio course by Noah Levine Sounds True, $19.95 (audio CD), $13.97 (audio download) Noah Levine’s life boiled down to drinking, drugs, violence, Radical Responsibility: A Pathway to Personal Freedom, Self-Empowerment & Authentic Relationships Fleet Maull April 24–26, 2015 The Mindful Leader: How Mindfulness Meditation Cultivates Natural Leadership Michael Carroll May 1–3, 2015 Mindful Communication: Living Compassionately With Others & Ourselves Dian Killian May 8–10, 2015 copperbeechinstitute.org Introducing Connecticut’s Premier Retreat Center for Mindfulness and Contemplative Practice. SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2015 78