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 and present 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 cup of tea.
Here at Deer Park, we do very much the same things as when we are at home--walking, sitting, working, eating, etc.- except now we learn to do them in mindfulness, with an awareness that we are doing it. We practice mindfulness throughout every moment of the day and not just in the meditation hall, but also in the kitchen, the toilet, in our rooms and on the path leading from one place to another.
In practicing together as a Sangha, as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed, and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy, within and around us, as a gift for all of those whom we love and care for.
We can cultivate our solidity and freedom – solid in our deepest aspiration and freedom from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.
Learn more about our teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh.
Full video, Mindful Living Every Day available from Parallax Press