Listening to the Bell

On your arrival you might hear a bell sound and suddenly people around you have stopped still, stopped talking, and stopped moving. It might be the telephone ringing or the clock chiming, or the monastery bell sounding. These are our bells of mindfulness. When we hear the sound of the bell we relax our body and become aware of our breathing. We do that naturally, with enjoyment, and without solemnity or being stiffed.

When we hear one of these mindfulness bells ring, we stop all of our conversations and whatever we are doing and bring our awareness to our breathing. The ringing bell has called out to us:

Listen, listen, this wonderful sound brings me back to my true home.

By stopping to breathe and restore our calm and our peace, we become free, our work becomes more enjoyable and the friend in front of us becomes more real. Back home we can use the ringing of our telephone, the local church bells, the cry of a baby, or even the sound of fire engines and ambulances as our bells of mindfulness. With just three conscious breaths we can release the tensions in our body and mind and return to a cool and clear state of being.

Do not miss :

20 January 2020 - 13:00 : Méditation du lundi PM
20 January 2020 - 19:00 : Méditation du lundi
21 January 2020 - 10:00 : Tai-Chi en Pleine Conscience
22 January 2020 - 19:00 : Méditation du mercredi
23 January 2020 - 11:00 : Méditation du jeudi MATIN
23 January 2020 - 19:00 : Thursday evening meditation
27 January 2020 - 13:00 : Méditation du lundi PM
27 January 2020 - 19:00 : Méditation du lundi
Sitting and watching our breath is a wonderful practice, but it is not enough. For transformation to take part, we have to practice mindfulness all day long, not just on our meditation cushion.
- Thich Nhat Hanh