WELCOME TO THE NIÀN LIFE
Our mission is to remind you
to live better
We are mostly forgetful.
We forget to take care of ourselves. We forget to consider others. We forget to pay attention to life. We forget to stay mindful.
When we do remember to pay attention, the mind is distracted and scattered. We run on autopilot and allow moments to pass us by. We engage in unhealthy behaviours. We fall back into old patterns that no longer work for us.
We resolve to change, but find it hard to do this alone. We try to keep practicing being mindful, but over and over we forget.
We need help to keep in mind why we should pay attention. We need help to remember to live better.
A WAY OF LIFE
We are inspired by the Chinese character niàn, pronounced "nee-anne".
niàn as a word means:
[verb] to remember, to keep in mind
niàn also means "having mindful awareness"
niàn is composed of
two other Chinese characters:
the niàn life is about
resting our heart and mind in the present
knowing all that is inside and outside of us
navigating life more skillfully and thoughtfully
reminding ourselves to live better
Six Pillars of niàn
Beginning with the right knowledge and understanding about mindfulness and mindful living.
Examining ourselves clearly and becoming conscious of our relationship with the world.
Developing the skills of awareness and observation we need to navigate the urban world.
Integrating our knowledge and practice in everyday life to facilitate healthier and more positive change.
Tracking observations from daily experience to find greater clarity about our way of life.
Seeking support and inviting our tribe to bear witness to the change we are committing to.