“Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves….”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness enables us to live fully each moment of life, without being distracted by the past or the future. Mindfulness also helps to build up our power of concentration, so we can gain insight into our lives.
In this section of our website we will be offering an overview of practices and teachings on mindfulness. We intend this section to blossom over time with detailed information about all of these practices, so come back and visit us often.
Practices to develop mindfulness
1. Mindfulness in meditation
Stopping, calming, resting, insight
- Breathing meditation
- Walking meditation
- Deep relaxation – mindfulness of the body
- Loving kindness meditation
2. Mindfulness in daily life
Every small daily act can be performed in mindfulness e.g.
- Washing the dishes
- Answering the phone
3. Mindfulness of the Mind
These practices can be performed during meditation or in our daily lives
- Recognising and generating helpful feelings, such as kindness, happiness
- Recognising and taking care of unhelpful feelings such as anger, fear
Teachings and practices to develop understanding of ourselves and others
1. Understanding our minds
- The practices of right thinking – Are you sure, What am I doing, Hello Habit energy, the mind of love
- Understanding Seed Consciousness – recognising and developing the helpful seeds, and recognising and taking care of the unhelpful seeds
2. Developing better relationships with others
- The five mantras
- Loving speech and deep listening (see the 5 essential practices)
3. The Five Essential Practices for a happy life (the Five Mindfulness Trainings)
- Reverence for Life
- True Happiness
- True Love
- Loving speech and deep listening
- Nourishment and Healing
Starting and nourishing your practice
Starting your practice
Mindfulness is a practical skill and practising mindfulness is a vital element in its development. You don’t need any equipment or anyone else to start practising mindfulness.
- Start to practise some or all of the mindfulness practices on your own. You can start practising right away – just experiment with bringing the basic practices of enlightened living into your daily life. There are lots of resources that you can access to help you learn about the practice. You might start by looking at the Mindfulness Resources section of our website.
- Start to practise with others. Practising on your own is an excellent start but you will be greatly supported and assisted by practising with others.. You can practise with others in a number of ways:
- Attend a local practice group (these are called Sanghas – which means groups or assemblies)
- Attend one of our courses or training events
- Visit Plum Village and the European Institute of Applied Buddhism to take part in a retreat or course.