August 16, 2022

Stroll with Me in Sound – the audiobook: A harmonious introduction to a conscious life-style

Zen grasp Thich Nhat Hanh is a revered determine whose teachings on mindfulness are world famend. Following his exile from his native Vietnam attributable to his peace activism within the Nineteen Sixties, he went to France and based Plum Village, a mindfulness centre and monastery the place he resided for many of his life, till his current return to his nation of origin. Round a decade in the past, when the religious chief was in his 80s, filmmaker Max Pugh contacted his buddy and colleague Marc J Francis, to counsel making a documentary to assist protect Thich Nhat Hanh‘s legacy. The 2 had many challenges to beat after they started filming Stroll With Me (2017) at Plum Village. Francis recounts that, having to adapt to the tempo and life-style of the monks, they ended up spending for much longer than deliberate engaged on the undertaking, and the expertise radically reworked his life. 

Marking Thich Nhat Hanh‘s 95th birthday this yr, the director/producer has reprised the undertaking by releasing an audio expertise that completely incapsulates the transition from busy, superficial dwelling to mindfulness. Divided in three elements, the audiobook begins with Marc’s private story of how he first got here involved with Hanh’s teachings and the way he was jolted into a brand new consciousness from the very begin. What he shares isn’t just a collection of private anecdotes and realisations, however nuggets of knowledge that had been revealed to him throughout his expertise. He explains how he got here to know that consciousness within the current second is what permits one to guide a full and fulfilling life. 

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The second half eases the listener into the soundscape by summarising the elemental beliefs behind the mindfulness philosophy, which helps one enter the correct mindset for the third half, the 55-minute lengthy meditation. The immersive soundscape merges monastic chants, sounds of nature, excerpts from Thich Nhat Hanh’s talks, in addition to passages from his Nineteen Sixties journals, learn by Benedict Cumberbatch. All these parts mixed lead to a deeply soothing impact. Permitting oneself a one-hour pause grants a a lot deeper observe than brief bursts of meditation, and this soundscape is a reminder that it’s price taking the time to try this. 

Naturally, the audiobook solely hints on the regenerating advantages of a lifelong dedication to a conscious life-style, but it surely’s a wonderful place to start out for anybody occupied with adopting a acutely aware lifestyle. In simply over an hour and a half, Stroll with Me in Sound shifts the thoughts away from the hubbub of day by day life and offers the sensation of stepping out right into a clearer area. The harmoniously blended sounds have the impact of sweeping ideas away and making room for stillness, giving the thoughts and physique an opportunity to breathe, and leaving them eager for extra of the identical. 

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Stroll with Me in Sound is launched on 12th August 2021. For additional data or to order the audiobook go to Marc J Francis’s web site right here.