"Breathing in, I am aware of my heart.
Breathing out, I smile to my heart.
If we practice this a few times,
we will realize that our heart
has been working hard,
day and night,
for many years to keep us alive.
Our heart pumps thousands of gallons of blood
Even while we sleep, our heart
continues its work to bring us
peace and well-being.
Our heart is an element of peace and joy,
but we don't touch or appreciate it.
We only touch the things that make us suffer,
and because of that,
we give our heart a hard time
by our worries and strong emotions, and
by what we eat and drink.
Doing so, we undermine
our own peace and joy.
When we practice breathing in and
becoming aware of our heart,
breathing out and smiling to our heart,
we become enlightened.
We see our heart so clearly.
When we smile to our heart,
we are massaging it with our compassion.
When we know what to eat
and what not to eat,
what to drink and what not to drink,
what worries and despair we should avoid,
we will keep our heart safe."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~