What is Mindfulness?

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The definition of mindfulness is notoriously difficult to pin down, despite the simplicity of the practice. Although the fundamentals of mindfulness remain the same, the practice means different things to different people. Here are some definitions that we have found and liked:

Mindfulness is remembering to be present in the moment, learning to relate to our thoughts and our feelings in a way that goes against the grain of our conditioning. It is a way of unbecoming what we are not.

Mindfulness is the awareness and approach to life that arises from paying attention on purpose, fully present, with curiosity and compassion.

Mindfulness helps to change the way you think and feel about your experiences, especially stressful experiences. It involves paying attention to your thoughts and feelings in order to become more aware of them, less enmeshed in them, and better able to manage them.

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