What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, in a nonjudgmental way, to the present moment – to what is happening within and around us right now. When we pay attention in this way, we see things more clearly and develop a greater understanding of why things are the way they are.

As we do, we begin to feel more alive, experiencing life in the exquisiteness of the present moment and begin to release the limiting forces that prevent us from accessing our powerful inner resources.
The skills of Mindfulness — concentration, equanimity and deep relaxation — are developed through practice, aided by good teaching and techniques that are suited to the individual. Just as anyone, regardless of aptitude or existing skill level, can become a better piano player by taking lessons and practicing, so we can all learn the fundamental life skills of Mindfulness.
Mindfulness is thousands of years old. Its benefits have been chronicled throughout the ages. Western scientific studies are just now proving what many have known for a long time – that Mindfulness is one of the most effective tools for improving one’s quality of life.