What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness IS...


Mindfulness is noticing what's happening right now. 



Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. 

~Jon Kabat-Zinn~


Mindfulness is a form of attention or awareness training that can be applied in any activity throughout the day – seeing, hearing, walking, eating, playing, homework, etc. Its purpose is to increase self-awareness, emotional balance, impulse control, and overall focus.

~Mindful Schools~


Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future. 

~Psychology Today~

Mindfulness is NOT...





...therapy (or its substitute)

...a disciplinary strategy

...only peaceful and happy

...a magic bullet or quick fix

...the absence of thought

...(always) easy

...(only) meditation

Mindfulness & Meditation


Mindfulness teaches us to pause.    By taking a moment to assess what's happening in the here and now, we can make more thoughtful decisions about what to do next.  When we learn to pay attention to what is happening in our bodies, minds, and hearts we can respond to the world around us rather than be reactive or impulsive.  

Are meditation and mindfulness the same thing?  

Meditation is to mindfulness what lifting weights is to an athlete's training plan.  Meditation is a way to practice mindfulness so that it can be applied to other situations. Just as athletes become stronger by lifting weights, people who meditate strengthen their ability to focus and bring mindfulness to everyday circumstances. 

How Mindfulness Works


  Have you ever yelled at a driver when they cut you off in traffic?  

Do you get "stuck" thinking about what did or will happen?  

Have you regretted something you said or did?

We are thinking, feeling beings.   When we are confronted with intense emotions like fear, anxiety, stress, or anger (or even love, attraction, or excitement) we sometimes react impulsively, instinctively, and/or irrationally.       Mindfulness helps to regulate these actions and allows us to be less reactive and more responsive.   Through mindfulness practice we learn that even in the face of life's circumstances and uncertainties, we have an inner resource of stillness.



 Mindfulness has been shown to improve overall well-being and to address a variety of health issues including and related to depression, anxiety, addiction, and poor sleep.


Attention, Focus, Sleep, 

Managing Stress, 

Compassion, Concentration, 


Managing Pain


Anxiety, Stress, Worry, 

Pain, Impulsivity, 

Stress Hormones, 

High Blood Pressure, 




 Mindfulness practices have been shown to have an impact on behavior and also changes in the brain.    

 The prefrontal cortex, amygdala and hippocampus work together in helping us to learn and grow.  Things like stress, fear, or trauma can interfere with our success.  Mindfulness can help to ease the biological reactions and find new ways to interact in the world.

Bringing attention or mindfulness to what we are thinking, feeling, and sensing helps us respond to the automatic, biological responses that are programmed in our brains.



 You can find many video clips that define/describe/discuss mindfulness on the internet.  

Here are some to get you started. 


Jon Kabat-Zinn (5:17) 

Mindful Schools (3:41) 

Andy Puddicome (9:24)

Mrs. Mindfulness (4:46)


Susan Kaiser Greenland (7:13) 

How Mindfulness Empowers Us (2:30) 

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains (3:53) 

The Fly and the Samurai (2:48) 

Mindfulness and Mindlessness (4:13) 

Today Show -  2020 without Anxiety (4:59)



There are many apps to support your meditation practice.  

Here are a few.  

Explore the web to find others!



Insight Timer 

Stop Breathe and Think 

10% Happier 


Smiling Mind 




Have fun researching sites on the internet.  You can find mindfulness topics in many fields - medicine, education, wellness, etc.

Here are some sites that have lots of resources, tips, and tools.