Mindfulness Definitions

Mindfulness Definitions

Relaxed, embodied awareness– Phillip Moffitt, Insight Meditation Teacher

Paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally
(as if your life depended on it)
Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD, Founder of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester MA

A non-elaborative, non-judgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is– Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD

We propose a two-component model of mindfulness. The first component involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. The second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness and acceptance– Bishop SR, et al, Mindfulness: A Proposed Operational Definition
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 11, 3: 230-241: Autumn 2004

A naturally occurring human experience that can be approached in many ways including a variety of meditation traditions, sports and physical activity, educational methods and music
Mindful Practice Curriculum, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry*

Moment-to-moment purposeful attentiveness to one’s own mental processes during everyday work, with the goal of practicing with clarity and compassion *

The capacity for lowering one’s own reactivity (paying attention to experiences without reacting to them) *

The ability to notice and observe sensations, thoughts and feelings even though they may be unpleasant *

Acting with awareness and intention (not being on automatic pilot) *

Focusing on experience, not the labels or judgments we apply to them *

Feeling an emotion rather than wondering if it is OK to feel that emotion *

Learners are encouraged to find their own methods for cultivating mindfulness in their daily lives *

*The Mindful Practice Curriculum, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is focused on cultivating mindfulness during clinical work settings with 2 interrelated goals–To improve the quality of care
-To improve health professional well-being