mindfulness: an explanation

The practice of mindfulness offers a means to directly observe the nature of thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and the ways in which they either contribute to happiness, or to suffering. Attention is directed to the examination of all experience as it arises in the present moment. It is not a passive process but rather a kindhearted and intentional engagement of wakefulness. With sustained practice, it is possible to see the many ways we get hijacked by wishing things to be different from what is actually
present. As a result of continuing effort, energy and patience, this “awareness” presents the possibility of less reliance on self-absorbed thinking, emotions and behaviors and wider choices especially when presented with stressful situations or difficulties.

Training Professionals in Mindfulness: The Heart of Teaching
Susan Lesley Woods

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