mindfulness means being aware; living in the present moment, as well as appreciating it. The Practice of mindfulness is sometimes easier for certain people compared to others, but it can always be improved with practice and dedication; consistency is key.
In Recent years, clinical depression has skyrocketed in the World Health Organization, and through this the practice of mindfulness has also become more prominent. Originally Mindfulness was used more for the ultimate goal of becoming more spiritual.
“Introduction.” Mindfulness and Mental Health: Therapy, Theory, and Science, by Chris Mace, Routledge, 2008, pp. 6–8.
Understanding Mindfulness: Origins
Mindfulness means to pay attention to something in a certain way. Some use the theories in Buddhism and other spiritual based religions, some from the standpoint of phycology, and each are acceptable.
John Kabat- Zinn, one of the most iconic figures in the study of modern mindfulness, says one of the most important things in mindfulness is “intention”
Buddha’s vision: It was said a man approached Buddha in an aggressive manor and demands Buddha to tell him what he proclaims, Buddha responds by saying “he does not quarrel with anyone else, nor with the world’s gods or rulers, because perceptions no longer sustain the man who achieves detachment from sensual pleasure. Such a man is free from confusion, worry, or any kind of craving.” Upon hearing this the questioner seems displeased with the response and leaves. Buddha then goes to his followers and describes the experience he has just had.
The Foundations of Mindfulness
“Mindfulness was the Prerequisite for the liberation sketched in the Fourth Noble Truth, its perfection being a key component in the method the Buddha discovered and urged his disciples to follow.”
an important factor in mindfulness is the perception of the world; having the right view, and as I said before, the Right intentions
“The Foundation of Mindfulness.” Mindfulness and Mental Health: Therapy, Theory, and Science, by Chris Mace, Routledge, 2008, p. 1.