Mindfulness meditation can be practiced every moment of the day. Not only in formal sitting and walking meditation, but as we go about our daily lives we aspire to be fully conscious and present to what is happening. Through fully showing up in the present moment we begin to reclaim the beauty of our lives and to be an inspiration for others.
Following is a description of the various forms of our practice, which hold us in safety and help remind us to return our attention to the present moment. Also included are the Five and the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, the ethical code the Buddha prescribed for lay people. Living an ethical life keeps us congruent with our aspiration to wake up and be of benefit to all.
“It is a joy to find oneself in the midst of a sangha, where people are practicing well together. Each person’s way of walking, eating and smiling can be a real help to us. She is walking for me, I am smiling for her, and we do it as a sangha. We don’t have to practice intensively or force ourselves. We just have to allow ourselves to be in a good sangha where people are happy, living deeply in each moment, and transformation will come, without much effort.” Thich Nhat Hanh