The Sound of the Bell in Plum Village - There are other bells of mindfulness that sound during your day too. Do you awaken to an alarm clock? Do you get phone calls during the day? Are you ever stuck at a red light? Why not use that as a bell of mindfulness also? There are many other common sounds of the bell that you can choose to witness and be present for. How will you respond to these?
Soga Shōhaku (Japan, 1730–1781). 天台山石橋図 Lions at the Stone Bridge of Mount Tiantai, 1779. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015 (2015.300.216) | This work is featured in “Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection” on view through July 31, 2016 #ArtsofJapan #AsianArt100
This is the most important practice I have learned in the past decade. It might take me the next decade to learn to practice it consistently and I will experience every moment of trying. The RAIN of Self-Compassion: The acronym RAIN is an easy-to-remember tool for practicing mindfulness and compassion.
Editor’s Note: Here are five mindfulness parables from Simon Parke’s book One-Minute Mindfulness, which will help you get centred and lead you to a greater understanding of yourself and the world you live in: The Supermarket Queue Mindfulness starts at the supermarket checkout, where our queue is