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On Sunday night I was returning home to Los Angeles from Thich Nhat Hanh's Mindfulness Retreat at the Magnolia Grove Monastery in Batesville, Mississippi, trying to maintain a mindful presence as I navigated through airports in Memphis and Houston. My flight was delayed so by the time I got to my car at LAX it was almost 9:00 p.m. As I drove home, I turned on NPR and the universe was speaking to me. Krista Tippett came on the air and talked about being the the presence of wise human beings. I, of course, was thinking about Thich Nhat Hanh and, as it turned out, she was too.

Thay and his teachings are gifts to the world and I encourage everyone to read his books, listen to his talks and attend a retreat. The theme of the Mississippi retreat was "Healing Ourselves is Healing the World." How can I describe the retreat? We laughed and we cried. We walked and we sang. We listened to Thay and we listened to our hearts. Our spirits were nourished. We came together as one.