What is Mindfulness?

Clarifying what it is, what it isn't and offering some ideas to try ...

Defining mindfulness.

This is simultaneously easy and hard to do. Mindfulness may sound simple but it's one of those things that can only really be experienced. And it’s certainly something that needs practicing - on, I have found, a daily basis.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the man credited with bringing mindfulness to the West (after developing the ground-breaking Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970’s) defines mindfulness as:

“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

Again this sounds deceptively simple but anyone who has ever tried a mindfulness or meditation practice will know that the nature of the human mind is to wander - also called ‘the monkey mind’. So mindfulness is really attention training; asking your mind to come back to what it is you are focussing on or doing … again, and again, and again.

Defining mindfulness.

This is simultaneously easy and hard to do. Mindfulness may sound simple but it's one of those things that can only really be experienced. And it’s certainly something that needs practicing - on, I have found, a daily basis.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, the man credited with bringing mindfulness to the West (after developing the ground-breaking Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the 1970’s) defines mindfulness as:

“Paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

Again this sounds deceptively simple but anyone who has ever tried a mindfulness or meditation practice will know that the nature of the human mind is to wander - also called ‘the monkey mind’. So mindfulness is really attention training; asking your mind to come back to what it is you are focussing on or doing … again, and again, and again.

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