What is Mindfulness?
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of mindfulness in the United States, and the teacher who brought it into the fields of health and medicine, describes it as follows:
“Mindfulness means to pay attention to the present moment, with intention, in a non-judgmental way. It is a practice of awareness and observation.”
This simple practice gives us the ability to respond, rather than impulsively react to any event or circumstance in our lives. With a better understanding of the inner workings of our minds and bodies, we learn to make decisions from a place of strength, wisdom, and compassion. As these “mindful moments” add up, they allow us to feel a greater sense of peace in our daily lives and help us connect with ourselves and others in a more positive way.
Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.
Without Mindfulness: Stimulus → Reaction
With Mindfulness: Stimulus → Mindfulness → Response