What mindfulness means to you

Mindfulness has been defined by many throughout history. No matter what definition you connect with, there is always a common thread or pattern amongst the various meanings. Iโ€™ll begin our journey by sharing different definitions of mindfulness from multiple sources.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary
โ€œThe practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of oneโ€™s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.โ€

โ€œMindfulness is the psychological process of bringing oneโ€™s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.โ€

โ€œMindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what weโ€™re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by whatโ€™s going on around us.โ€

Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California at Los Angeles
โ€œMindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing oneโ€™s physical, mental and emotional experiences.โ€

Sylvia Boorstein, Author
โ€œMindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isnโ€™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.โ€ 

The common thread among these definitions is that mindfulness has to do with paying attention and practicing non-judgment. Consider what mindfulness means to you.

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