So often we are caught up in the past or future, not connecting with the beauty and simple awe of the present moment. Buddhist teachings encourage us to still the mind and simply notice. This shapes how we cope with both suffering and joy. This allows us to cultivate good thoughts while starving the bad. This allows us to find that inner love and that inner compassion. Today we pause and reflect on Buddhist teachings of presence through the words, ideas, and practices of Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.