What is it?

Mindful Thoughts


  • Mindfulness is paying attention to present moment experiences with open curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.

    Diana Winston
  • Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.

    John Kabat Zinn
  • You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day– unless you’re too busy– then you should sit for an hour.

    Zen adage

Mindfulness is paying attention to our present moment experience with a curious, non-judgemental, compassionate attitude. We can bring this attitude to observations of our inner world of thoughts and emotions, or to our experience of the outer world of physical sensations. We can adopt this attitude any time or anywhere.  

By paying attention to the moment-to-moment flow of experience without adding judgement or commentary, we are better able to recognize, accept and adapt our mental patterns in everyday life. We are also more able to appreciate the extraordinary experience of being in our bodies.

Mindfulness is an attitude.  Through formal mindful meditation we deliberately cultivate and practice this attitude. When we engage in mindful meditation, we set aside a regular time to focus on one aspect of our experience with curiosity, non-judgement and compassion. 

Mindful Links

How Meditation Can Reshape Our Brains: Sara Lazar, Neuroscientist