What is Mindfulness?

“What is Mindfulness?”

I feel that perhaps the most simple and clear definition is one given by renowned mindfulness expert and teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn:

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

But why?”

Let’s look to the wisdom of Dan J. Siegel, another leader in the world of Western mindfulness for his explanation:

“Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic, and being sensitive to novelty in our everyday experiences. With mindful awareness the flow of energy and information that is our mind enters our conscious attention and we can both appreciate its contents and come to regulate its flow in a new way.

Mindful awareness, as we will see, actually involves more than just simply being aware: It involves being aware of aspects of the mind itself. Instead of being on automatic and mindless, mindfulness helps us awaken, and by reflecting on the mind we are enabled to make choices and thus change becomes possible.”

“Cool, so it can help me regulate my attention and make changes!
So what does that do for my everyday life?”

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says simply:

“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”

Wow! That sounds pretty good.
But is it really as good as it sounds?

As the “Community of Interbeing UK” States:

“Mindfulness is now being recognised as offering significant benefits in mental and physical well-being. With it, we can train our minds to improve our memory, concentration, creativity, and resilience to deal with life’s challenges. It is believed to improve our immune systems, heart and circulatory health, and is now widely used in pain management. With it we can also gain the insight to live more peacefully and joyfully every moment of every day.”

“I’m convinced!
How do I get started with practicing mindfulness?”

May 1st 2018 I am running a Mindfulness Basics Masterclass!

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