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What is Mindfulness?

In “How to Train How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness” by Jan Chozen Bayes, 2011, he gives this definition of Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is deliberately paying full attention to what is happening around you and within you – in your body, heart and mind. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgement.

Mindfulness is a way of experiencing things as they are, in the present moment, with full acceptance and awareness. By doing so we allow ourselves to see what is happening more accurately and respond more effectively.  More and more research shows that the practice of mindfulness can have a positive impact on people’s sense of well-being, that it increases self esteem, trains and strengthens the mind, nourishes emotional intelligence and improves physical health.

Here are some clips that may be useful in explaining some more…

1. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines ‘what is mindfulness’ (5 minutes)

In this short video, Jon Kabat-Zinn answers the question “What is mindfulness?” and discusses the hard work and rewards of  practicing mindfulness.

2. Eckhart Tolle on ‘The Essence of Meditation” (8 minutes)

Eckhart has a talent for distilling what meditation really is all about. After you watch this clip you’ll have more clarity about meditation and how it can be a way of life.

3. Andy Puddicombe’s TED talk (10 minutes)

When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? No texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Any Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment.

4. The history of  MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) (10 minutes)

A 10-minute clip from the DVD released by the ‘center for mindfulness’ which provides an overview of the science behind mindfulness and the history of MBSR program

5. Ellen Langer: The dangers of mindlessness and the power of mindfulness (22 minutes)

Ellen Langer is an artist, Harvard psychology professor and author who is often referred to as the ‘mother of mindfulness.’ In this clip she illustrates the true cost of living on autopilot and the power of mindful living.

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