Mindfulness has been defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally (Jon Kabat-Zinn). It refers to an open, kind awareness of whatever is unfolding, moment-to-moment.
It is a natural human capacity that can grow with practice. When the capacity to be mindful becomes more powerful, it also strengthens our ability to cultivate compassion. To see clearly what is there, can help us to relate to what is there. An open mind can help us to open our hearts. And a compassionate attitude strengthens again our ability to meet our experience non-judgementally, with a beginner’s mind, not biased with what we know but with curiosity, allowing room for what we don’t know.
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.