What is mindfulness
"Moment-to-moment awareness... Paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally... " —Jon Kabat-Zinn
"Awareness of present experience, with acceptance." —Dr. Ron Siegel
"A sense of knowing what you are doing while it is happening.” —Mark Williams
Mindfulness is a form of mental training, accessible to people of all religions and values.
We can train the mind in attention, self-awareness and self-regulation.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to whatever is happening in our lives. It helps us to focus and ignore distractions.
Mindfulness is about facing what is here. It’s not a form of escapism. We are not training our minds to go off somewhere, to detach ourselves or imagine some blissful, happy palace in the clouds. It's about gently opening up to the sometimes painful reality. About befriending our thoughts and emotions. So through mindfulness, we become more engaged with whatever is happening.
It's a way of seeing clearly that won’t get rid of our difficulties, but can help us respond to pressure in a calmer manner that benefits our heart, head, and body.
It helps us to shape our impulsive reactions into thoughtful responses.
Mindfulness exercises can help us recognise and retrain our habits, and learn to step away from harmful, often unconscious, emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events.
With practise, we can choose to switch off the autopilot and enjoy being, rather than doing.
Mindfulness gives us the opportunity to find balance.
Like tuning the string of a guitar, we cultivate balance in our mind by being neither too tight (or stressed), nor too loose (or dull).
Simply being present, relaxed and alert.
What is mindfulness?
"It is a systematic approach to developing new kinds of control and wisdom in our lives, based on our inner capacities for relaxation, paying attention, awareness and insight." —Jon Kabat-Zinn
"Mindfulness means holding everything together, not with grasping but with presence... [It] is face-to-face, engaged and present, without losing, floating or straying." —B. Alan Wallace
"Keep your attention focused on the work, be alert and ready to handle ably and intelligently any situation which may arise - this is mindfulness. Mindfulness frees us of forgetfulness and dispersion and makes it possible to live fully each minute of life." —Thich Nhat Hanh