19 min

What is Mindfulness and how can we achieve it Success Life Radio with Eric G. Reid

    • Entrepreneurship

What is mindfulness? Whether you are first hearing of mindfulness or have been wondering for a while exactly what it means, it is helpful to have a definition handy. It is even more helpful to have multiple definitions.

Here are a few definitions of mindfulness from various sources, including individuals and groups, in no particular order. Some of these might be more helpful than others, and you do not have to agree with all of them.

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

“Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself.” 

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

As we examine the different definitions of mindfulness above, a few patterns stick out. The most obvious is that mindfulness has to do with paying attention. Most definitions underscore the importance of judgment in mindfulness – that is, that mindfulness involves nonjudgment.

What is mindfulness? Whether you are first hearing of mindfulness or have been wondering for a while exactly what it means, it is helpful to have a definition handy. It is even more helpful to have multiple definitions.

Here are a few definitions of mindfulness from various sources, including individuals and groups, in no particular order. Some of these might be more helpful than others, and you do not have to agree with all of them.

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”

“Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself.” 

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”

As we examine the different definitions of mindfulness above, a few patterns stick out. The most obvious is that mindfulness has to do with paying attention. Most definitions underscore the importance of judgment in mindfulness – that is, that mindfulness involves nonjudgment.

19 min