What is mindfulness?

I like Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way;  On purpose,  in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” 

Kabat-Zinn, if you haven’t heard of him, is a famous teacher of mindfulness meditation and the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Mindfulness involves paying attention “on purpose” and involves a conscious direction of our awareness.   I like to tell my clients that awareness is 50% of the solution to any problem, so we’re half-way there when we can build awareness.

If you are considering seeing a therapist for guidance or for support,  I work in person for both one hour and one-and-a-half hour psychotherapy sessions.