The heart of the Mindfulness Bell is the creative expression of mindfulness practice offered by practitioners throughout the world. The beauty of each issue comes from the creative fruits offered by our readers.
The Mindfulness Bell invites submissions of prose, poetry, photography, and artwork for our upcoming issues. Material should include specific examples of how mindfulness practice in daily life is helping to transform suffering, create peace, and improve relationships and well-being. Please share from your personal practice in the Plum Village tradition and from your heart.
We welcome your stories, essays, poems, and feature articles, and we especially request stories, poems, and artwork from children and teens. Click here for copyright information.
Deep Listening and True Communication // Healing Our Ancestral Roots
Please share submissions of stories, articles, and poems from your personal practice in the Plum Village tradition and from your heart on:
– How you work with challenges that arise in your Sangha (e.g., sexual harassment, racial bias, depression, bipolar disorder), and what keeps you in the Sangha as you experience these difficulties.
– How you practice the Eighth Mindfulness Training of the Order of Interbeing “True Community & Communication” in your Sangha. (see https://orderofinterbeing.org/for-the-aspirant/fourteen-mindfulness-trainings/).
– How you work with challenges that arise in your life (e.g., sexual harassment, racism, depression, bipolar disorder), and how you apply Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings to these challenges.
– Your transformative practices with the Fourth Mindfulness Training, “Loving Speech and Deep Listening” (see http://www.mindfulnessbell.org/the-path-of-happiness); the challenges you face in practicing this training and how you cultivate patience in yourselves.
– How the practice of the Fourth Mindfulness Training, “Loving Speech and Deep Listening” helps you to bring the positive changes in the relationship with your blood family.
– How you take care of yourself and balance well-being with awareness of suffering.
– How you apply Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings to connect to your ancestral roots and heal them.
Send your stories / articles / poems (no more than 1,500 words), a photo to accompany your submission with a file size of at least 1 MB, a photo of yourself, and a 2-3 sentence bio with your Dharma name (if any) to email@example.com by September 15, 2018*.
Submissions of artwork and photography are also welcomed.
* No exceptions will be made to submit past this deadline. Thank you for your understanding.
Art and Photo Submissions
We appreciate photos, artwork, illustrations, and cartoons from your local Sangha, family, and community. Please send images as TIF or JPG files, 1 MB or larger. We can return originals sent by mail.
Submission Due Dates
- February 28 for the Summer issue
- May 15 for the Autumn issue
- September 15 for the Winter/Spring issue
It may take eight to twelve weeks for submissions to be reviewed. If you have not received a response within twelve weeks, you are welcome to contact us to inquire about the status of your submission.
How to Send
The preferred method is to email files to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artwork should be sent as JPG or TIF files, 1 MB or larger. You may also send written submissions, original art, photos, or a CD of digital images to:
The Mindfulness Bell
PO Box 5131
San Diego, CA 92165