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Enlightened Plum Village Monastics Take You Through Guided Meditations

Guided Meditations

As part of our B-Well series, the monastics at Plum Village’s Mississippi center take us through five soothing and easy guided meditations.

Welcome to another edition of B-Well, a webinar series, highlighting tips, resources, and coping skills from leading wellbeing experts to support you and your families. Prior episodes featured renowned Buddhist meditation practitioner and author Jack Kornfield, award-winning comedian Trevor Noah, and pioneering psychiatrist Kim Norman.

“Our breath is our anchor,” says Sister True Holding. “And it’s always there.”

Today we share a series of videos from the enlightened monastics of Plum Village. Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh started this global community of mindfulness practice centers in Bordeaux, France, in 1982. It’s since grown to nine centers around the world, which “… create a healthy nourishing environment where people can learn the art of living in harmony with one another and with the Earth,” according to its website.

In the five videos below, the monastics at Plum Village’s Mississippi center take us through soothing and easy guided meditations, peppered with wisdom and insight.

“We have to take care of and be there for ourselves before we can take care of anyone else,” says Sister True Holding. “Set aside time every day — moments each day when we can check-in, relax, and let everything go.”

“Don’t focus on fear, anxiety, and doubt of the future,” says Brother Radiance. “You can encounter many wonderful things that are happening right now. Don’t water the fear that is happening. The more you water the fear the more you feel isolated. Try not to water negative seeds.” 

Each video offers a different guided meditation, some lasting as little as 10 minutes, others longer. See them all below.

1. Sister True Holding walks you through how to set up a quiet place to meditate for self-care:

2. Sister True Pearl shares how to practice gratitude:
3. Brother Radiance guides you through a gentle, mostly silent meditation with bells:
4. Sister True Holding guides you through a 10-minute meditation focusing on the breath to release tension and any worries:
5. Sister True Holding guides you through a deep relaxation meditation and suggests lying down:

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[Blog header photo credit: Flickr/ Madhu Puvula]

Ari Bendersky Contributing Editor

Ari Bendersky is a Chicago-based lifestyle journalist who has contributed to a number of leading publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal magazine, Men's Journal, and many more. He has written for brands as wide-ranging as Ace Hardware to Grassroots Cannabis and is a lead contributor to the Salesforce 360 Blog. He is also the co-host of the Overserved podcast, featuring long-form conversations with food and beverage personalities.

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