Defining Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness can be described as the awareness that results from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally (Kabat-Zinn, 2009). 
  • Mindfulness is a mental technique which involves focusing the mind on an object, sound, prayer, breathing, or conscious thought, to increase our awareness of the present moment. (Barry, 2012, p. 73).
  • It is paying attention to one’s own ongoing experience in a way that allows openness and flexibility. (Compton & Hoffman, 2013, p. 90). 
  • Mindfulness is being fully present and aware during our daily activities. (Compton & Hoffman, 2013, p. 90).
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