Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.
“I have arrived, I am home”
These two lines are the essence of the practice of the Plum Village tradition taught by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. It is the practice of dwelling happily in the present moment. We are no longer grasping at the future, regretting the past or being swept by our feelings of despair and anger. We have arrived at our true home, our true self, no longer seeking to be something else.
Click on the links below for some introductory words on the mindfulness practices we do in our afternoons of mindfulness, on retreats and in our daily lives:
Listening to the Bell
Listening to Teachings
The 5 Contemplations
Touching the Earth
The Five Mindfulness Trainings