A Week of Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh

In August, I spent a deeply memorable week at a retreat with the venerable Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. The retreat, called “Body and Mind are One” was¬† held at the YMCA of the Rockies, a place of great beauty and peace. During that week, I was able to practice meditation and mindfulness¬† with over 1,000 participants from around the world and listen to the humanistic and inspiring teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. In addition, I practiced the Tai Chi Animal Frolics while looking at a majestic view of the Rocky Mountains.

On the last day of the retreat, I had the opportunity to teach the Tai Chi Animal Frolics to a lively group of children who had come to the retreat with their families. After we practiced, I asked the children to think of how they felt in body and mind and to tell me their thoughts if they were willing to do so. A bright eyed girl of about 5, named Evelyn, quickly raised her hand. I asked her what she wanted to share. She replied in a joyous voice, “Thank you”! I was so moved by her heartfelt words and think of her often.

YMCA of the Rockies

Five Grandchildren at the YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado; photo taken by Ken Schneider

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