What You Don’t Know About Mindfulness

By Jimmy Warden

Mindfulness isn’t meditation.

To say it’s just that is like slapping Buddha in the face. Every mindfulness teacher would laugh at that oversimplification. It is, indeed, so much more.

Here are three main points to prove that.

1.) It’s a process

There are many different mindfulness practices, but integration is the essential ingredient.

Mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “the process of paying attention to the present moment, non-judgmentally, over and over again”. That can happen at any time, anywhere. Every moment of life offers an opportunity for mindfulness.

It isn’t locked within the practices.

2.) It’s part of who you are

According to yoga and meditation teacher Ahtman Smith, true practitioners carry their practice wherever they go.

They use the skills they’ve developed in their practice out in the real world. They spread love and kindness to all beings. They notice when their attention wanders and bring it back to the present. They feel the sensations their body experiences when emotions arise and watch them pass by.

It’s not just something they do, it’s who they are.

3.) It’s a way of living

Mindfulness shouldn’t be another task on someone’s to-do list. If so, they’re approaching it the wrong way.

The people who get the most out of mindfulness are the ones who embody it. They look forward to their practice because they know it nourishes their mind, body, and soul. They make a conscious attempt to spread awareness, love, kindness, and attention to others.

They live a mindful life.

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