What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is focusing on one thing in the present moment.  It is to simply allow oneself to experience the activity of the moment while excluding worries, self-doubts, and distractions.  Mindfulness is non-judgmental, avoiding opinions of good or bad.  It is also effective, focused on what works, rather than what is right or wrong.  

Achieving this focus requires practice, in order to gain control of attention.  The skill of mindfulness involves observing and describing on purpose, in a particular way.

References on Mindfulness and Meditation-Related Activities

David Fontana, (2001). Discover Zen, A Practical Guide to Personal Serenity. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, (1994). Wherever You Go, There You Are:  Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life.  New York:  Hyperion.

Larry Rosenberg, (1998). Breath By Breath, The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation. Boston, MA: Shambhala.

Marsha Linehan, (1993). Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Guilford Press.

Norman Waddell (translator), (1996; originally published circa 1744). Zen Words for the Heart, Hakuin's Commentary on the Heart Sutra. Boston: Shambhala.

Paul Reps & Nyogen Senzaki, (1998). Zen Flesh, Zen Bones. Boston: Tuttle Publishing.

Thich Nhat Hanh, (1995). Living Buddha, Living Christ. New York: Riverhead Books.

Thich Nhat Hanh, (1975). The Miracle of Mindfulness, A Manual on Meditation. Boston, MA: Beacon Press.

Thich Nhat Hanh, (1991). Peace is Every Step, The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. New York: Bantam Books.

Thomas Merton, (1996; originally published 1971). Contemplative Prayer. New York: Image Books.