Vipassana Meditation

Here is an article about mindfulness.

Thich Nhat Hanh a Vietnamese Zen master teaches us to be more compassionate with ourselves and others.

“Love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. If you are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward yourself – if you are not capable of taking care of yourself, of nourishing yourself, of protecting yourself – it is very difficult to take care of another person.”

We practice mindfulness in our lives to learn to be more aware of how we are with ourselves and others. When we are talking with others we know that we are talking, and when we know that we are talking and what we are saying, we can be sure that we are not being violent with our words, because if our words are violent we are hurting ourselves and others.

We practice breathing awareness so that we can be aware of how our breathing happens as we live our lives.  A mindful way to breathe is called vipassana.

‘We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel how light and natural, how calm and peaceful our breathing functions. At any time, while we are walking, gardening, or typing, we can return to this peaceful source of life.

We may like to recite:

“Breathing in I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out I know that I am breathing out.”

We do not need to control our breath. Feel the breath as it actually is. It may be long or short, deep or shallow. With our awareness it will naturally become slower and deeper. Conscious breathing is the key to uniting body and mind and bringing the energy of mindfulness into each moment of our life.’

When we bring awareness into our breath, it is something that we can do all the time. We always breathe and we can not stop for more than a minute or so, so we always have the opportunity to practice this kind of meditative awareness.

The more we become aware of how we are in the world the more we learn to be good people, and do good things in the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s books have been a great inspiration to many people and have helped to develop a more peaceful way to live together in the world.

Quotes are from Thich Nhat Hanh from different books and his website