What Is Mindfulness

The founder of secular mindfulness, John Kabat-Zinn, describes being mindful as ‘being alive and knowing it’.
Much of the time our mind is caught up in thoughts about the future (what if) or memories from the past (if only).

This takes us out of the present moment. Mindfulness helps us to reconnect with our present moment experience.
Mindfulness can be practised throughout the day as 'micro' doses, paying attention to small things such as eating, washing or walking. We can also cultivate a purposeful meditation practice, sitting or moving with our attention on the body or breath, resting awareness in the present moment.

Cultivating a mindful meditation practice provides a vehicle for self-inquiry. Coupled with compassion practices we are able to practise awareness of the present moment in a formal way, on our cushion, and these skills start to filter out into our everyday life.
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment and totally non-judgementally”
Jon Kabat-Zinn