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The editorial staff of the Mindful magazine defines mindfulness this way: “Mindfulness
is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what
we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going
on around us.”
What is Mindfulness?
This definition is written in Psychology Today: “Mindfulness
is a state of active, open attention to the present. When we are mindful, we
carefully observe our thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or
bad .. It means living in the moment and awakening to our current experience,
rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.”
What is Mindfulness?
As usual, Wikipedia gives us a comprehensive and yet specific explanation of
It is ironic that in trying to calm the very hectic pace of our lives — in
trying to feel more serenity in our lives — we do that by adding yet more things
to do: reading more self-help articles, taking more classes, and undertaking
even more stressful diets and exercises. Yet, for believers in mindfulness,
the “answer” to finding more serenity is just not trying to find
it. It is in just noticing what’s around us now without a lot of thinking about
it. Practitioners of mindfulness have found that living in the present is much
more serene and satisfying than constantly living one step ahead of yourself.
They have also found that they get just as much — if not more — done in their
lives and what they get done is often more important, than just urgent. But
most of us are not at all receptive to a practice that is so contrary to what
we’ve been taught and how we’ve lived our lives so far. Without knowing it,
we’re doing that old adage of working harder, rather than smarter; of doing
the same thing over and over again, and of expecting different results each
For too many of us, we realize that insight only after suddenly suffering a
significant physical ailment. Yet, we believe that “solutions” to
complex problems have much have complex solutions. Or, at least, they must come
from experts, certainly not from ourselves — and they should be darn expensive,
For some countries and cultures, they have practicing mindfulness, especially
through the form of meditation, for millennia. Much longer than our country
was formed. Perhaps they learned the practice through frustration, confusion, and pain like many of us are experiencing today. Yet today, research continues
to show the benefits of more mindful approaches, such as meditation and Eastern
practices such as Tai Chi and Yoga — practices you can understand and do with
yourself or with others.
Take this mindfulness quiz.
Based on the results, you might consider the suggestions in the following articles.
is not a fad. Try it.
to Practice Mindfulness (The Ultimate Guide to Being More Mindful Throughout
to Practice Mindfulness: A Beginner Guide
Easy Ways to Be Mindful Every Day
Simple Mindfulness Practices For People Who Hate To Meditate
10 Difficulties in Mindfulness Practice and How to Overcome Them
Yet, it’s important to see both sides of mindfulness practices.
The Problem with
Little-Known Downsides of Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness Making Us Ill?
and Inspiring Yourself
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