“Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.” Sharon Salzberg
I hope you will be joining us to share mindfulness practice on the second Saturday of the month (as listed on our ‘events’ page). During each of these Mindful Mornings, we will be supporting each other to remain in the present at every opportunity.
Each time we meet, we will be able to add to our resources – practical ‘reminders’ that Thich Nhat Hanh has made available to bring us back to the present moment.
Though each session is ‘stand alone’ and can be enjoyed as a ‘drop in’, over time we will gather a range of reminders to be mindful and we will start to notice a real difference in our daily lives. These practices will be posted on the website.
This website can also be enjoyed independently of face to face practice with the sangha. Whether or not you join us on Saturdays, you may start to enjoy visiting the website weekly as a way of further supporting your own efforts at home. You know you will be in the company of others in Leicester who value the peace and joy we access when we DO remember to practice mindfulness!
On Saturday, 9th December, we looked at Gathas – short verses which we recite to ourselves. They invite us to stop, focus, enjoy our breathing and be fully present for our chosen object or activity, uniting body and mind. The beauty of these verses is that they can apply to everything we do. I hope they prove a useful reminder for the start of a new year.
You may like to choose one from the short selection below and use it every day for a week. Enjoy your practice in 2018!
Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.
The mind can go in a thousand directions.
But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.
With each step, a gentle wind blows.
With each step, a flower blooms.
This cup of tea in my two hands –
Mindfulness is held uprightly
My mind and body dwell
in the very here and now.
The Gathas are taken from “Present Moment, Wonderful Moment” – Mindfulness Verses for Daily Living, by Thich Nhat Hanh.