Just as the suffering is present in every cell of our body, 
so are the seeds of awakened understanding and happiness 
handed down to us from our ancestors. 
We just have to use them. We have a lamp inside us, the lamp of mindfulness, 
which we can light anytime. The oil of that lamp is our breathing, our steps, 
and our peaceful smile. We have to light up that lamp of mindfulness 
so the light will shine out and the darkness will dissipate and cease. 
Our practice is to light up the lamp.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
 


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