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 :

18 July 2019 - 19:00 : Thursday evening meditation
22 July 2019 - 13:00 : Méditation du lundi PM
22 July 2019 - 19:00 : Méditation du lundi
24 July 2019 - 19:00 : Méditation du mercredi
25 July 2019 - 19:00 : Thursday evening meditation
29 July 2019 - 13:00 : Méditation du lundi PM
29 July 2019 - 19:00 : Méditation du lundi
31 July 2019 - 19:00 : Méditation du mercredi
01 August 2019 - 19:00 : Thursday evening meditation
05 August 2019 - 13:00 : Méditation du lundi PM
Do not lose yourself in the past; do not lose yourself in the future; do not get caught in your anger, worries, or fears. Come back to the present moment, and touch life deeply. This is mindfulness.
- Thich Nhat Hanh