Here are a selection of my favourite mindfulness videos featuring Thich Nhat Hanh and Matthieu Ricard.
What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is simply a way of being. It does not have to be a spiritual practice, instead a practice of seeing things for how they are with compassion. This in turn means that we are aware of what is happening right now, in this moment, in a state of non-judgement. We are in the present moment.
Many of life’s sufferings come from the way we think about things. Our mind drifts into the future or the past, both creating suffering that is embodied — we feel it in our bodies whilst we think about situations that have not yet arisen or those that have already been. Neither exist anymore except in our thoughts, which become our reality. We can reduce our suffering by being present. The most simple way to be present is to practice mindfulness, using breathing and walking as a means to be aware of this moment.
Mindfulness is simple and can be practiced and understood by all. After even a couple of weeks of regular practice each day can result in profound changes as we become increasingly compassionate towards ourselves and others. The transformation in how we feel, how we see the world and how we engage with others is seemingly remarkable as we develop insight and awareness.
Mindfulness practice can help a person overcome their pain alongside other exercises, practices and healthy habits. This is because when the person feels better, their pain feels better. There are many reasons for suffering, including the thoughts about our pain and our situations. Mindful practice reduces this suffering because you are able to be present and let go of unhelpful thoughts and anticipations that influence our pain.
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Thich Nhat Hanh talks to Oprah Winfrey about mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh on compassion
Thich Nhat Hanh on mindful walking
Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness
Ajahn Brahm on happiness and healing