Practising mindfulness means choosing to be more present in our lives. Jon Kabat-Zinn (2003), a pioneer of mindfulness-based approaches, describes mindfulness as ‘an awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience, moment by moment’.
We all have a natural capacity for mindfulness. With regular practice, mindfulness and its benefits can become more readily accessible in our everyday lives. Mindfulness can help us access powerful inner resources for coping with stress, difficulty and illness.