This is my favorite meditation at present.
It is by Thích Nhất Hạnh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist. He lives in the Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region in the South of France. This meditation was recorded there.
Short introduction by Thích Nhất Hạnh (2:49)
Bell meditation (38:21)
This is the sound of the bell in Plum Village.
The bell is invited by me to sound for you for your daily practice.
Our practice in Plum Village is to enjoy the breathing in and out between the sounds of the bell.
The sound is there to help you concentrate and to enjoy your breathing.
When you listen to the bell deeply in a relaxed way, breathing in deeply, you enjoy your breathing, and breathing out, enjoying just the sound of the bell and your breathing,
you calm your body,
you calm your emotions,
you stop all your thinking.
If every day you practice for 10 or 20 or 30 minutes of breathing with the bell, you will restore yourself, you will restore your peace, your joy and your freedom.
You are alive. To be alive is a wonder. Breathing itself is a miracle, and when you breathe you touch deeply the fact that you are alive.
We are glad to offer you these sounds from Plum Village.