Mindfulness is:

2 Comments March 7, 2010 / Posted in Meditation, Mindfulness

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:  On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

Above my desk sits a reminder shared by a friend Dorothy Mitchell some time ago.

Am I awake
And fully present
And living my life

Check out UCSD’s Mindfulness site

Mindfulness is non-judgmental and open-hearted (friendly and inviting of whatever arises in awareness). It is cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply, and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either inside or outside of us. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, deliberately paying more careful moment-to-moment attention, individuals can live more fully and less on “automatic pilot,” thus, being more present for their own lives. Mindfulness meditation practices seek to develop this quality of clear, present moment awareness in a systematic way so that the practitioner may enjoy these benefits. Being more aware in each moment of life has benefits both to a person doing specific spiritual practice, and also to the same person in everyday life

and also Wildmind.com for further reading on Mindfulness.

Mindfulness involves an attitude of acceptance, which is the opposite of either pushing an experience away or longing for an experience. With mindfulness we’re prepared to take on board how we actually are. This doesn’t mean that we want to stay the way we are at the moment. On the contrary we almost certainly will wish to move on from there, but the first step in moving on is to recognize fully where we are, and to accept it.

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  1. Hope said on March 17th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    While embarking on a new adventure ( cognitive therapy ) I was given homework, to learn all about mindfulness…..being in the moment. This is going to truly be a journey I have never been on before!

  2. Ozzie Gontang said on March 17th, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Sometimes we’ve experienced being in the present moment…only not realized it for what it is. You may want to read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind.

    Also the readings from Shambhala Sun are excellent http://www.mindfulness.com/2010/03/09/shambhala-suns-guide-to-mindful-living/


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