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Definition of Mindfulness

 Paying Attention in a particular way; 

On Purpose;

 in the Present Moment;

 in a Non-Judgemental Way;

 with Compassion!

Okay, we agree – that’s a bit of a mouth full.  Let’s break it down and see what this all actually means……

a thought is

Paying Attention

  • Our attention and where we apply it are all that is in our control. Nothing else really is.
  • We cannot control whether a thought comes our way or a memory emerges.
  • But we can decide whether we want to attend to it or not.

On Purpose

  • It is about being deliberate and choosing consciously with a certain degree of awareness.
  • You consciously choose what you wish to pay attention to; what is healthy to attend to in this moment.

Present Moment

  • Life in always unfolding in the here and now. In this present moment.
  • It is only in the now that we can truly connect to and engage with life.
  • We miss out a lot of what goes on because we are ‘in our heads’.

Non Judgemental Way

  • It’s not about liking or disliking the present moment.
  • It is not about wanting or not wanting it.
  • It is simply about staying with it, witnessing it, connecting to it.
  • Non-judgmental acceptance of experience.
  • Responses can be skilfully selected choices, rather than reactions driven by habitual emotional and physiological behaviour patterns.

With Compassion

  • Mindfulness is not a practice of force.
  • It is a practice of compassion and gentleness.
  • It is a way of bringing the mind to the present without being forceful towards it, without an achievement mindset.

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