What is mindfulness?
When we go through life mindlessly, we experience eating, for example, without really tasting, and we see without really perceiving. We miss out on consciously noticing countless moments of experience because we have only partially focused our attention on them. Mindfulness is an attentive approach that promotes “becoming aware” of the present moment.
What characterises a mindful attitude?
Mindfulness offers us an approach to developing inner clarity and insight.
These are just a few examples of what comes into play when adopting a mindful approach. The co-founder of “mindfulness–based stress reduction”, Jon Kabat-Zinn, taught mindfulness meditation to help people cope better with stress, anxiety and challenging life situations. He says: “Letting go of things does not mean getting rid of them. Letting them go means letting them be.”