If you find yourself hung up on the past, or preoccupied with an unforeseeable future, then mindfulness is for you.
Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing your whole focus to the present moment. There are many ways to bring mindfulness meditation into your life. One of the best is to follow the guidance of a revered mindfulness leader like master Thích Nhất Hạnh meditations.
Master Thích Nhất Hạnh is a world-renowned Vietnamese Buddhist monk who has launched numerous mindfulness programs around the world and instructed various world leaders in mindfulness meditation. Based in France, at the meditation center he founded called Plum Village, Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Zen master who travels the world teaching the principles of “Engaged Buddhism” and mindfulness. He is also a peace activist, endorsing nonviolent solutions to the world’s conflicts, and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Zen Master Thích firmly believes that “mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives.”
His meditations focus on the importance of breath, improved concentration, awareness of the body, and bringing mindfulness into routine activities.
If you want to start finding the happiness in the present, then follow along with these guided meditations from Thích Nhất Hạnh and his Plum Village community. These meditations are great for beginners or experienced meditators who want to learn from a mindfulness leader.
Introduction to Mindfulness
If you’re still new to the idea of mindfulness, start here. Monks and nuns from Thích Nhất Hạnh’s monastery, Plum Village, give you a one-week guided introduction to mindfulness.
Mindfulness Meditations for Work
Most of us spend 8 to 10 hours of our days at work. Our daily life revolves around periodic email checks and reviewing meeting notes. Can you find a moment during those hours to commit to our well-being through mindfulness practice?
With these mindfulness exercises, Thích Nhất Hạnh reminds you to bring your mind home to your body during working hours.
You don’t need to find a special place with this meditation. Let Thích Nhất Hạnh guide you through conscious breathing even in front of a screen or in the middle of your workspace.
In this meditation, you use something near and dear to your work life as the object of your meditation.
Letting go of negative thoughts is hard when you’re in a stressful environment. This meditation will help you become more aware of your thoughts and let them pass through without an emotional response. This is a crucial component of mindful living.
Listen to more guided meditations for work here.
Mindfulness Meditations for Rest
In these following meditations, members of Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Plum Village monastery help you discover greater calm for a deeper rest. A deeper rest starts by checking in with your body.
If you have just a few minutes to relax, check in with your body by doing this Short Body Scan meditation. By connecting with your body, you can connect to your higher self.
This guided meditation will deepen the connection between mind and body. You can do it at work, at home, or while riding the bus – anytime you have 15 minutes to spare for in-breaths and out-breaths, this meditation can work for you.
Take a moment to find and enjoy the stillness of your body with this short 3-minute meditation. True peace is through appreciating stillness.
Listen to the full playlist on resting meditations here.
Bringing Mindfulness into Everyday Activities
You can practice mindfulness every day by bringing awareness to every task you do.
Dishwashing is a good opportunity to practice mindful movements and learn how to be fully present in the moment.
Drinking coffee and tea can already induce a relaxing, meditative state. Deepen that feeling of calm by following this meditation.
Cultivate more awareness while eating; mindfulness will help you slow down and fully enjoy your meals.
According to Thích Nhất Hạnh, “there are those of us who are alive but don’t know it. But when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.”
Mindfulness can bring you peace of mind and more joy into your life. With these meditations, it’s simple to get started or get better at becoming truly aware of the present moment.