• “Making Space kindles our aspiration to discover that the door of our heart is already open, so compassion can flow freely, on the heart’s breath. As inner space awakens, we discover peacefulness in even the noisiest outer spaces.”
    —Elizabeth Hamilton, Untrain Your Parrot: And Other No-nonsense Instructions on the Path of Zen

    “A small, practical book filled with deep and healing truths about the sacred nature of place and home. To read this lovely book is to take the fist step toward inner peace.”
    —Katrina Kenison, The Gift of an Ordinary Day: A Mother’s Memoir

    “Making Space offers simple, practical, and inspiring ideas about how to create sanctuary in your living space and blend mindfulness into your daily life. Thich Nhat Hanh’s kindness and wisdom shine throughout this poetic book.”
    —Charlotte Bell, Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice

    “Domestic life is a valid form of spiritual practice and Thich Nhat Hanh gives us practical ways to infuse the atmosphere of our home life with attentiveness and peace. Children, friends and even our digestive system will benefit from the daily exercises presented in this profound book.”
    —Michael Stone, Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga and Buddhism for Living an Engaged Life

  • Breathing Room

    Every home, no matter how small, can have a breathing room. We may have a room for everything else—a bathroom, a bedroom, a living room, but most of us don’t have a room for our peace, for our spiritual life, for our nervous system. If you live in a one-room studio, or don’t have enough space for a whole separate room, you can have a breathing space or a breathing corner. As long as you keep it as just your breathing corner, it can work as well as a room.

    This breathing room is a sacred place. You don’t need any furniture, just maybe a few cushions, and perhaps an altar or a table with fresh flowers. If you want, you can have a mini bell to help you in the practice of mindful breathing.

    If you live with other people, there needs to be an agreement that once you are in the breathing room or breathing corner, no one can shout at you any more. You have immunity. And when you hear a member of your family inviting the bell and practicing to calm down in the breathing room, you can support them by lowering your own voice. If you are very upset, you can restore your clarity by being in the breathing room. You will know exactly what to do and what not to do. Each person’s contribution to the practice of making peace in the family is very important.