What exactly is Mindfulness?

Over the last forty years, Mindfulness has been growing in popularity as a secular (non-religious) practice in daily life. It is a coming together of the contemplative traditions, particularly Buddhism, and modern science

Mindfulness is learned through meditation and other practices such as walking and eating mindfully. It involves paying close attention to what is going on in one's body and mind in the present moment: perceiving without striving or rushing to emotional judgment.

In so doing we soon learn to notice how our minds can take us time travelling, mulling over the past or worrying about the future, effectively taking us away from the present moment, the only moment we're alive! All of this is part of being human and Mindfulness teaches us to recognise this before we get taken hostage to our thoughts and we learn to treat ourselves more kindly.

The Definition of Mindfulness 

"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally" ,says Kabat-Zinn. "And then I sometimes add, in the service of self-understanding and wisdom."

Jon Kabat Zinn

and no - we don't need to sit cross legged!

Mindful Stream