“Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you (in your body, heart and mind) in the present moment. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgement (Chozen Bays, 2011).
“Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally” (Siegel, 2010; Kabat-Zinn, 1994).
Mindfulness is a hot topic in Western psychology and has been recognized as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and enhance emotional intelligence. Rooted in Eastern wisdom traditions it has found its way into mainstream America and has been embraced by multi-corporate institutions, athletics, authentic leadership, and education at all levels. Mindfulness deliberately focuses one’s attention on present experiences, such as thoughts, images, emotions, bodily sensations, on a moment-to-moment basis without judging them. It causes us to experience things in a more profound way. In essence, the ordinary can become non-ordinary—like a math equation been experienced as sacred by a social science major or an abstract emotional painting been experienced with awe by a STEM student.