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.