The father of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh

The zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who died last weekend aged 95 years, was cremated today in Vietnam. On this day we salute the wonderful work he did making the practice of Mindfulness accessible to so many.

Thich Nhat Hanh is sometimes referred to as the father of Mindfulness as he has been such an influence on its worldwide practice. He took his Buddhist belief that we are all interconnected into the world. He was engaged in helping victims in the Vietnam war and was eventually exiled because of his opposition to the war. On a visit to the US persuaded Martin Luther King to come out against the Vietnam war. King later nominated him for the Nobel peace prize.

Here’s a short video of Thich Nhat Hanh speaking with children:

In Therapeutic Storywriting groups we begin the sessions with a short Mindfulness exercise as this helps settle the pupils and prepares them to focus on the writing task.

Here’s our own Dr Trisha Waters talking about the use Mindfulness in Therapeutic Storywriting groups on the SEND cast podcast.