Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present - a sense of awareness of where we are and what we're doing in the present moment while not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. Whenever you bring awareness to what you are directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you are being mindful. Growing research shows that when you train your brain to be mindful, you are transforming the physical structure of your brain and doing so can be good for your overall health and well-being.
1440 Luminary Faculty Definitions of Mindfulness:
SYLVIA BOORSTEIN: "Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn'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."
DANIEL J. SIEGEL: "Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic and being sensitive to novelty in our everyday experiences. With mindful awareness the flow of energy and information that is our mind enters our conscious attention and we can both appreciate its contents and come to regulate its flow in a new way.
JON KABAT-ZINN: "Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."
SHARON SALZBERG: "Mindfulness isn't just about knowing that you're hearing something, seeing something, or even observing that you're having a particular feeling. It's about doing so in a certain way - with balance and equanimity, and without judgment. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention in a way that creates space for insight."