Our practice


mindfulness-300x231Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment – without judgement. Mindfulness is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. We bring our body and mind into harmony while we breathe, wash the dishes, drive the car or take our morning shower.

In practicing together as a community, our practice of mindfulness becomes more joyful, relaxed and steady. We are bells of mindfulness for each other, supporting and reminding each other along the path of practice. With the support of the community, we can practice to cultivate peace and joy within and around us, as a gift for all of those whom we love and care for. We can cultivate our solidity and freedom – solid in our deepest aspiration and free from our fears, misunderstandings and our suffering.


Meditation is the practice of focusing attention both to calm the mind and to gain an understanding of how the mind works.   Meditation can lead both to great peace and to life-transforming insights.

In meditation, we close down as many of our senses as we can.  Typically, we sit in a stable position in a quiet, warm, undisturbed spot with our eyes closed.   That alone won’t stop our minds from chattering so we adopt a meditation subject.   This is frequently the breath.   We attempt to keep our minds on our meditation subject.  When thoughts arise, which they will, we observe them without getting engaged with them and let them go.  The analogy that is often used is that we see thoughts come and go like clouds floating by in the sky.

Bearing witness to the kinds of thoughts that arise while meditating without attaching to them will quieten our mental chatter and will help our mind become still and peaceful.  As our minds become quiet, we are better able to see tensions, expectations, and habitual ways of thinking and transform them into peace and joy through gentle and penetrative enquiry.

How mindfulness and meditation support one another

Mindfulness and meditation mutually support one another by increasing the effectiveness of the other.   Meditation allows you to become more aware of your thoughts and thought patterns as distractions are eliminated.  Mindfulness supports this during the day outside of your formal meditation practice.