MindfulnessMindfulness means present moment appreciation of your inner states and the world around you.

Mindfulness also means:

  • Creating new categories
  • Welcoming new information
  • Tolerating more than one view

Mindfulness also means:

  • Letting go of the demand for categories
  • Disassociating from the craving for information
  • Detaching from the need for a point of view

Mindfulness makes possible better access to intuition, creativity, and community.

In that context, mindfulness helps you:

  • Clarify your values
  • Strengthen and direct your will power
  • Make better choices for your life

Mindfulness is moment-to-moment awareness cultivated by purposefully paying attention to things we ordinarily never give a moment’s thought to. It is a systematic approach to developing new kinds of control and wisdom in our lives, based on our inner capacities for relaxation, attention, awareness, and insight.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Full-Catastrophe Living

Kabat-Zin is most famous for helping cancer patients use mindfulness to ameliorate pain and find meaning in their daily lives as they approach the possibility of death.

His definition of mindfulness is equally useful to anyone who is on a quest for meaning.

You can practice mindfulness just about anywhere, at any time, under almost any circumstance.

Beginning today,

this moment,

you can make progress on your path to meaningful work.

  • Begin with mindfulness.
  • Continue with mindfulness.
  • Aspire to a regular mindfulness practice.

Begin and continue.

Shunryu Suzuki
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Through this practice, you will begin to recognize and appreciate both . . .

. . . your inner state

  • Body
  • Emotions
  • Thoughts

. . . the influences of the outer world

  • Environmental factors
  • Other people’s attitudes
  • The forces of culture and clan

. . . not later, as you reflect on them, but in the moment, while you are experiencing them.

In the day to day trenches of adult life, the really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline.

David Foster Wallace
This Is Water

Although mindfulness sometimes occurs by chance,

we can also make it an active practice,

a kind of meditation or contemplation, in which we:

  • Set the intent to see all aspects of the present moment with clarity.
  • Encourage deep relaxation and “flow.”
  • Cultivate the skillful means to a better life.

Does mindfulness intrigue you? Would you like to explore mindfulness further?

Please feel free to start a conversation about where to start or what to do next.

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