I was intrigued by the title The Art of Power. I had never seen "art" and "power" put together before. In my mind "power"was anything but art!
Turning our conventional understanding of power on its head, Zen master Thich Naht Hanh reveals how true power is indeed an art to power and in that art, there is no room for greed or lies or cruelty, three elements that abound within so many people’s journey to the top, or what they perceive as the top.
According to Thich Naht Hanh, true power comes from within. It lies in the ceaseless practice of faith (in everyone, in yourself), diligence (give every moment your all), mindfulness (observe, show compassion), concentrate (think hard, often), insight (never judge and consider all angles).
"Power is good for one thing only: to increase our happiness and the happiness of others. Being peaceful and happy is the most important thing in our lives and yet most of the time we suffer, we run after our cravings, we look to the past or the future for our happiness."
“When you speak, people listen to you, not because they have to, but because you are fresh, serene and wise. A good leader is one who exercises only this kind of authority. She doesn’t strive for it or want to use it, but it comes naturally. She inspires people by her way of living, and people listen to her because of her authenticity.”
"If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. It’s so clear, mindfulness is the energy and practice that helps you go back to the here and now so that you encounter life.”
“People think that the true, the beautiful, and the good, exist somehwere else, in someone else. They don’t know that they are true, beautiful, and good at their core.”