Simply Being Present – Plum Village Program

Our basic practice is to be present to ourselves and to those around us.

Mindfulness helps us recognize what is happening inside and outside. We can intuit and feel the children and the atmosphere just by relaxing into the present moment. In America, the children sometimes call this “hanging out,” “chilling,” or “kicking it.” This is a wonderful way of being; at its core it is the practice of aimlessness, of being comfortable and at ease with the present situation. We enter their space, merge with their circle, and do not demand anything or force things to happen. This is the ‘cool’ way of the children.

There is a lot of space and time, no rush. And then, from a smile, a laugh, a sharing, a slow opening, things begin to open and move naturally.

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