You may have studied mindfulness in many ways. Perhaps on a secular course or with a Buddhist tradition and now you would like to understand the Plum Village approach to mindfulness practice. In the Plum Village tradition, we use mindfulness in every area of life, to help us be present in a steady, joyful and relaxed way.
This helps us to understand and to heal ourselves and to see the deep connectedness and reality of life. For us, mindfulness is a way of life built on ethical living, community support and wholehearted practice. When we cultivate peace in ourselves, we can offer this to the world in all our actions.
We can begin right now, by allowing ourselves to let go of our preoccupations and to appreciate this present moment and all its wonders. Although this sounds simple, it is not always easy. Our mind is used to being busy, daydreaming and running to the future and the past. So being patient and kind with ourselves and finding support that works for us is essential. In this way we can begin to settle our mind more and experience increased calm and happiness.
A key part of our Plum Village practice is being part of a group (sangha). This is a place were we can practice together, share about our ups and downs and form spiritual friendships. Please find below some ways you can begin your journey together with us and at home in your own time.
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