My favorite definition is from one of my teachers, Jon Kabat-Zinn:
“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose,
moment-by-moment and non-judgementally.”
Here is a short video we produced for a “Mindfulness Toolkit” for the Veterans Administration (together with Greg Serpa and Mark Koberg).
Mindfulness is showing up for this moment as it already is. If it’s a beautiful moment, taking that in, if it’s nothing special, knowing that. And if it’s a unpleasant moment, then I’m aware of that. Not because I like it, but because it’s already there.
You might think, why on earth would I want to do that? Bringing attention to something that hurts? Good question. Let me ask you back: What are you doing with it now? Denying, avoiding, numbing, suppressing, being cynical?
So how is that working for you? My hunch is – maybe not so great, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this. Let’s change that.