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Mindfulness IS- ways mindfulness is defined


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Mindfulness can be defined many ways. Let's look at some of the ways it is defined by academics, buddhists, therapists and others.

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Mindfulness IS- ways mindfulness is defined

  1. 1. Mindfulness is…
  2. 2. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally. Jon Kabor-Zinn
  3. 3. Mindfulness is a serene encounter with reality. Thich Nhat Hanh
  4. 4. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention – to thoughts, physical sensations, and the environment – without constantly feeling the need to judge what’s happening or to make it other than it is. Sarah Rudell Beach
  5. 5. Mindfulness is to keep the breath in mind. Keep remembering the breath each time you breathe in, each time you breathe out. Thanissaro Bhikkhu
  6. 6. Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t). James Baraz
  7. 7. Mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to- moment basis. Merriam Webster Dictionary
  8. 8. Mindfulness is loving all the details of our lives, and awareness is the natural thing that happens; life begins to open up, and you realize that you’re always standing at the center of the world. Pema Chodron
  9. 9. Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience. Jon Kabor-Zinn
  10. 10. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Psychology Today
  11. 11. Mindfulness is a quality, which human beings already have, but they have usually not been advised that they have it, that it is valuable, or that it can be cultivated. Mindfulness is the awareness that is not thinking but which is aware of thinking, as well as aware of each of the other ways we experience the sensory world, i.e., seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, feeling through the body. University of California Center for Mindfulness
  12. 12. Mindfulness is non-judgmental, 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. University of California Center for Mindfulness
  13. 13. Mindfulness means paying attention to what is happening right now with kindness. Siri Chandler
  14. 14. Mindfulness is paying attention to your life, here and now, with kindness and curiosity. Amy Saltzman
  15. 15. Mindfulness is simple acceptance, described here as making friends with yourself. It is, as well, a means to unlock creativity and compassion. Chogyam Trungpa
  16. 16. Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. Sylvia Boorstein
  17. 17. Mindfulness means being aware of what’s present without greed, without aversion, without delusion. So it’s a special kind of awareness, which is a little more precise. So there’s a fine-tuning we need to do to find that place in the mind that is aware of what’s going on, and that also contains that ethical framework…when we’re mindful of something the implication of being mindful is that we’re not grasping at the object or pushing it away, and, more obviously, that we’re not deluded about it. Often in popular culture, mindfulness is taken to mean simply “be present,” rather than how we’re relating to the present. Joseph Goldstein
  18. 18. Mindfulness is an innate human capacity to deliberately pay full attention to where we are, to our actual experience, and to learn from it. Jack Kornfield
  19. 19. Mindfulness is nonjudgmental awareness of what is occurring inside and outside in successive moments of consciousness. Robert Beatty
  20. 20. Mindfulness is sitting with your own feelings, some of which are hard. Learning compassion for yourself and from that, for others, and from that compassion to foster a world that is less likely to be prone to war and strife.
  21. 21. Mindfulness is listening for the still small voice and coming to peace and calm. We get out of the loop of thoughts and still allow the thoughts to come up and go away, which when we allow, eventually brings a sense of peace and calm.
  22. 22. Mindfulness is the nonjudgmental observation and assessment of our thoughts.
  23. 23. You Deserve to be Happy