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What Is Mindfulness and Why Do We Want It?

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a

particular way: on purpose, in the present moment,

and nonjudgmentally.”

—Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is being aware of yourself, others, and your surroundings in the moment. When consciously and kindly focusing awareness on life as it unfolds minute by precious minute, you are better able to savor each experience. Also, being closely attentive gives you the opportunity to change unwise or painful feelings and responses quickly. In fact, being truly present in a mindful way is an excellent stress reducer; because of that, it can be seen as consciousness conditioning, a strengthening workout for body, mind, heart, and spirit.

While few of us have the temperament, financial freedom, or life circumstances that allow long periods of meditation, extended retreats, or endless Zen walks, we can gather scattered energy and awareness by practicing mindful moments each and every day! In time, moments become minutes, and minutes ultimately become a more present and peaceful way of life.

Excerpted from The Mindful Woman by Sue Patton Thoele. Available on Mango and Amazon.

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