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What is Mindfulness?

Where does mindfulness come from? Naturally, you might hear this question a lot. It has been addressed on several occasions but there is no final answer, no last word on the matter.

The many mindfulness teachers and advocates who encouraged the society to start Mindful, believing that mindfulness is an inherent human capability that belongs to anyone. It is your birthright.

What is it exactly?

Since it’s a quality of mind, it’s not easy to have a single, agreed-upon-by-everybody, one-size-fits-all definition.

In the definition of “mindful”, you can find that mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Also, mindfulness refers to the cultivation of this basic human ability through methods, including meditation, mindful movement, mindful eating, and others. We call this “mindfulness practice” to distinguish it from the basic ability.

Many meditation teachers share the understanding that as the phenomenon of mindfulness is enhanced, it also arouses our connection to others— especially such characteristics as kindness and compassion. And you can engage in practices to enhance these qualities as well.

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