What is Mindfulness?
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice that can be developed into a positive life habit. It consists of paying attention, with full intention and awareness, to what we are experiencing, in the present moment, and moment by moment. These experiences may consist of thoughts, feelings, moods, emotions, or bodily sensations. An important aspect of Mindfulness practice is that we learn to be open, allowing and to not evaluate or judge these experiences as they arise. Another way to express it is to say that Mindfulness is
"Awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally."
- Jon Kabat Zinn
Dr. Steve Hickman, Founding Director, University of California San Diego (UCSD) Center of Mindfulness, in conversation with Mr. Randolph Oudemans, Founder and CEO of Now.Here. on the key qualities of Mindfulness.
Benefits of Mindfulness
As a practice and approach to living, Mindfulness aims at profound flourishing. Practiced over a period of years, Mindfulness seeks to create an emotionally balanced, meaningful life, animated by a spirit of compassion and caring. As a result, Mindfulness is able to bring about an array of benefits including: