Mindfulness is the gentle effort to be continuously present with experience.
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.
Mindfulness gives us a chance to listen to the wisdom of our hearts and to notice with more clarity where we get in our own way.
Mindfulness is being still. It is profundity. You can look deeply right to the bottom of any situation…and know what needs to be done.
Mindfulness is far more than a formulaic program for lowering blood pressure and anxiety. The timeless, dynamic traditions from which it is drawn are about something far more consequential and less simplistic: how to live as evolved human beings with mind, body, and spirit as one.
Mindfulness is not merely a tool – it’s a whole way of being and doing.
Gary Gach is an American author, translator, editor, teacher and poet living on Russian Hill, San Francisco. His work has been translated into several languages, and has appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals. He serves on the International Advisory Panel of the Buddhist Channel, a Malaysian Buddhist news website. He hosts Haiku Corner for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.