"Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind".
- Jon Kabat-Zinn.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn.
" Mindfulness means moment-to-moment, non-judgmental awareness. It is cultivated by refining our capacity to pay attention, intentionally, in the present moment, and then sustaining that attention over time as best we can. In the process, we become more in touch with our life as it is unfolding." - Jon Kabat-Zinn
In 2020, mindfulness has moved significantly beyond meditation sessions, yoga or tai chi groups into mainstream society. Businesses, employers, schools, aged-care facilities, rehabilitation settings and others now regularly apply both simple breathing techniques and more comprehensive mindfulness practices.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, a clinical mindfulness practitioner whose earlier works I first read in the early 1980’s, is considered a modern day pioneer leading the way in bringing Mindfulness Based Stress Release (MBSR) to the wider global community.
Sample extract from the MINDFULNESS SELECTION
1. Jon Kabat-Zinn: Full Catastrophe Living - Mindfulness Click here
In Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), we generally focus on the sensations of breathing at the belly rather than the nostril or in the chest. This is partly because doing so tends to be particularly relaxing and calming in the early stages of practice.
All professionals who make special use of their breathing as part of their work, such as opera singers, wind instrument players, dancers, actors, and martial artists, know the value of breathing from the belly and of “grounding” or anchoring their awareness in this region. They know from firsthand experience that they will have more breath and be better able to modulate it effectively if the breath comes from the belly.