What is Mindfulness?

We hear about mindfulness everywhere these days. But what exactly does it mean to be mindful? Our teachers offer their own definitions.

What is Mindfulness?

Definitions, directions of training, psychological function, experiential quality

"Mindfulness is an attuned, intentional relationship."

"Mindfulness is the willingness to be equally near all events and experiences—both inwardly and outwardly—with discernment, kindness, and insight. It is a capacity."

"Mindfulness, to me, is coming to rest in a non-reactive mind. It is a much closer contact with our sensorium and what is bubbling up in our minds. But it is also holding in mind what we value."

"Understanding the nature of our minds is an important part of mindfulness, but mindfulness does not operate alone. It operates in conjunction with other extremely important mental factors."