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What I Learned from the Monks About Mindfulness and Compassion

Guided Mindfulness Meditation with monks at Dreamforce conference in SF - photo © Love to Eat and Travel

Guided Mindfulness Meditation with monks at Dreamforce conference in SF – photo © Love to Eat and Travel

What an amazing gift Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff gave to attendees of Dreamforce at this year’s annual tech conference in San Francisco, CA. He personally invited 24 monks and nuns from Plum Village Monastery in the Dordogne region of southern France, founded by Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hahn, to teach daily mindfulness walking and sitting meditations. Only in California!

Like Marc, I truly believe in the benefits of mindfulness and meditation. I’m always looking for ways to deepen my meditation practice and learn more. So what did I learn from the monks?

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Spirit Rock Meditation Center – Fun One-Day Buddhist Zen Retreat in Marin, CA

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Marin, CA - © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Marin, CA – © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

“Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you’re being right now.”

Special birthdays deserve special celebrations. This year, I decided to do something of a spiritual nature to celebrate my birthday – so, instead of stuffing my face (I love to eat), I decided to feed my soul (how Californian does that sound)!

Wanting to share the experience, my husband Barry agreed to join me for an all-day silent “Insight Meditation” Retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Insight Meditation (“Vipassana”) is a simple technique that begins with focusing attention on your breath – a practice that can lead to better concentration and a calmer mind, ultimately allowing one to be more fully present and aware in each moment.

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