“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Here are 5 simple exercises he prescribes for mindfulness in everyday living.
Practice the exercises together and become a Master of Energy & Expression.
...float like a cloud, flow like water
Right now, focus on your breathing.
Pay attention to each in-breath and each out-breath. Allow each rise and fall of your chest to be experienced fully.
Breathe in the gift of breath with joy, and breathe out in gratitude for being alive.
"You are breathing in, and while breathing in, you know that you are alive.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
When thoughts do arise, that's okay. Allow them to rise and drift away.
Repeat silently to yourself, I am breathing in, I am breathing out."
From the beginning of your in-breath to the end of your out-breath, keep your mind present. You will be improving the quality of your concentration with this effortless exchange of life force energy, and mindfulness will more easily become uninterrupted.
“Breathing in, there is only the present moment. Breathing out, it is a wonderful moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh“
Be aware of the life force energy coursing throughout your blood stream, muscles, bones, and out through your toes and fingertips.
The graceful shift of awareness transcends air into powerful life-giving energy for your entire body.
Simply repeat to yourself, "I am aware of my mind. I am aware of my body. My mind and my body are becoming one entity with every breath."
You are allowing your entire being to be present in the here and now of every breath.
A vital force, now connected and present to experience the wonderful life that is available within you and all around you.
“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
With mindful intention, pay attention to your entire well being including your body. The aches and pains that you feel are energy that is asking to be released.
The goal in every breath is to renew vital life force and release stuck energy that no longer serves you.
There are many ways to quickly let go and go with the flow.
Sometimes a simple exhale will release a lifetime of tension and restore immediate bliss.
Simple stretching throughout your day, walking, running, meditative yoga, and Chinese Traditional Exercises such as Tai Chi and Qigong address the energy meridians in your body and allow for a clean exchange of energy to happen.
Go within and be mindful throughout your day. Assess and assist your body systems quickly. Take a break when necessary to restore balance and harmony within.
“When you are truly aware of your body, you notice there is some tension and pain in your body, some stress. The tension and pain have been accumulating for a long time and our bodies suffer, but our mind is not there to help release it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Your body moves with enthusiasm when life force energy is alive and present in very moment of now.
Mindful walking initiates bringing home your mind, body, and Spirit.
To be One with yourself.
With every mindful step, you can see and smell and feel life happening all around you.
You can think, feel, and be grateful in every moment.
To be One with the World.
When you walk this way, every step can replenish joy and harmony within through the soles of your feet.
Pay attention to your every step. Walking will take you where you desire to go - emotionally and physically - with an open heart you will find your way.
"Smile, and breathe slowly." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn