What is Mindfulness?
“paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness refers to moment-to-moment attention, living in the present; learning to respond with care and attention to events in our lives as they occur. Many of our waking moments are spent thinking about the past or the future, as a result of which the present slips by almost unnoticed. Much of our time is spent trying to prolong the experience of things we enjoy, and avoiding or somehow minimizing experiences we perceive as unpleasant, a tendency that interferes with the natural ebb and flow of events. Being mindful involves giving careful attention to our experience on a moment-to-moment basis in a way that emphasizes observing, rather than judging or evaluating. Becoming ‘mindful’ essentially means beginning to pay careful and sustained attention to events we otherwise tend to react to as being ‘good’, ‘bad’ or ‘irrelevant.’ Simple, everyday activities, such as eating a meal, washing dishes, or driving a car, provide an opportunity to practice focused, moment-to-moment attention. We also practice mindfulness through formal meditation, learning to sit quietly and attentively as a means of acquiring a stable vantage point to explore and come to appreciate the ever-changing and varied landscape of the mind.
Anchor Your Attention in the Present Moment
You have our full permission to slow down and pay attention in one of GHN's Mindfulness offerings in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Health Promotion. Participants are invited to experience the benefits of reflection, stillness, and being fully present.