Tag: Plum Village

P102002DucksSunday morning I noticed my mind going into a frenzy of worry about some small thing and decided to take a walk.  After walking awhile I stopped at the fountain in Malcolm X Park to watch a family of ducks.  Watching the ducks reminded me of standing and breathing with the nuns in Plum Village (Stillness is a Door), silent and still, with enough inner space to know that I was alive and part of an amazing world.

I remembered other times when I felt alert and undistracted, attentive, and happy to Giraffbe alive.

Plum VillageHaving lost my inner space and feeling a need to change my life, I made my way to Plum Village in France http://plumvillage.org/ and spent a month learning to live mindfully from Thich Nhat Hanh and the nuns.  The article I wrote about that experience was published in the Mindfulness Bell:

http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/articles/mb31.pdf

The link is a bit slow but when the cover appears, scroll down to pages 34-35.

Learning to become a bell master in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh is learning to invite the bell with the heart.  I’ve written about this chance for thoughts to move aside and let the heart lead in the MIndfulness Bell:

http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/articles/mb36.pdf

When the cover appears scroll down to pages 40-41.