Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, once said “the mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.”

That beautiful path can only be defined by you. We have all heard the term “enlightenment” or “nirvana”. As Buddhists or mindful, holistically spiritual people we know that finding some sort of self-actualization in this mildly chaotic world is the ultimate goal. But that path to enlightenment will be different for each person. We all are unique individuals much like our own finger prints are virtually like no other. From this distinction comes our very own needs and desires to be happy. The goal of nirvana may be the same, but we all will have to walk a different path to reach that goal.

That path is a veering course which requires us to walk around the mountains of ego and false-self. To walk in peace, our lives cannot be dictated by fear, anger, addiction and hollow self-worth. When we stop on this path of understanding and root our existence in the present, we connect to the intricacies of the Universe. Some things we can’t explain but that is fine because we know deep down that we are a fundamental cog in the Universe – a piece of the puzzle. Knowing this brings space, clarity and a responsiveness that blooms like a flower.

John C. Bader