Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally,”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn
“Mindfulness basically means, being present or in other words, conscious to the present moment. It suggests, that all that is here or perhaps happening can be part of once own awareness and therefore becomes an experiential part of the space we create for it. So, being mindful is an active, on purpose lead approach to noticing all, that enters our awareness without being reactive to it or needing to change anything.”
One could say, that in its simplest form, mindfulness means awareness.
Mindfulness has become an increasingly popular term in the west, especially through the simple and beneficial application, which can be found through all walks of life. Jon Kabat-Zinn author and co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, was one of the first westerners, who started to see the benefits of a regular mindfulness practice and co-developed an 8-week MBSR course, offering a wayout or better way in, into dealing with stress related illnesses, caused often by the busy but also information-junk-driven times in the west.
Companies like Google, Goldmann Sacks and Intel swear by mindfulness. In the world of commerce and business, innovators are increasingly turning towards meditation and mindfulness to learn to deal with the ever-changing and demanding environment. Employees at firms such as Facebook and Google innitiating at conferences like Wisdom 2.0 to get an even better inside in to the benefits of mindfulness and about the latest mindfulness techniques.
The practice of mindfulness is nothing strange or something not known to us. On the contrary mindfulness is an integrale part of our life, allowing us to be with what enters our awareness. We already have the capacity to be present without having to change a thing but simply by being aware of what we notice, when we notice it, moment by moment. So, there is actually nothing exotic about mindfulness and instead a rather familiar access to it.
So, if you notice something, your are aware, so you are mindful…
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