Mindfulness is paying attention to one's mind-body phenomenon in the present moment, without judgment or reaction. Mindfulness is the translation of a word which means intentionally establishing continuous awareness of the changing nature of one's mind and body. Mindfulness is both a state of mind and distinct practices that cultivate this state. The practice of Mindfulness typically entails observing the impermanent characteristic of one's breath, physical sensations, body, thoughts, emotions and mental states in any activity.
Mindfulness is a universally secular and evidence-based method for:
“The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”
~ William James, 1890
A talk at Middlesex School, on Mindfulness and the developing adolescent brain by Dr. Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.
Dr Mark Greenberg, award-winning child development researcher and educator, Penn State University, USA discusses how can mindfulness practices nurture the development of attention and reflective skills?