Exercises in Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh:
“Here are a number of exercises and approaches in meditation
which I often have used, adapting them from various
methods to fit my own circumstances and preferences.
“Select the ones you like best and find the most suitable
for your own self. The value of each method will vary
according to each person’s unique needs. Although these
exercises are relatively easy, they form the foundations
on which everything else is built.” Continue reading
We awaken in the morning and our day begins. We slowly become aware of where we are: in our bed, in our room, the time of day, how are we feeling – ready to arise from the bed – or maybe “snooze” a bit more before activity begins. Continue reading
Alia, her sister Lois and I are clearing Lois’ house for the painters who will be here Monday to spray the ceilings. Then we will continue painting the rest of the interior. Breathing with mindfulness is the way I stay centered in the midst of all activities. My wife Alia is an excellent organizer and has set us up to complete all phases of this project graciously and with ease. Tomorrow the three of us will be moving to a nearby motel for two days while the painters do their thing.
Thay’s beautiful calligraphy above expresses the trust that will carry us through all travails and turbulence in these times.
Joseph Goldstein, the author of this article, is one of the first American vipassana meditation teachers. I very much appreciate that he puts the Chinese character for “Mindfulness” at the beginning of his article, as it makes clear that mindfulness has not only to do with the mind, but with the ‘heart-mind’. Although this is a short description, I find it full of very practical advice and useful tips for our practice. Continue reading
Serenity is one of the most important quality of my experience on this physical plane. There are many ways to maintain serenity. The one I have been most attracted to lately is mindfulness. For me this means continually bringing my mind back to my body so as to be physically present in all I do more and more. Continue reading