1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

    "their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition"

  2. 2.

    a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Living in the moment, aware of self, open to the world, awareness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. ... When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

In general, they seek to develop three key characteristics of mindfulness:

  • Intention to cultivate awareness (and return to it again and again)

  • Attention to what is occurring in the present moment (simply observing thoughts, feelings, sensations as they arise)

  • Attitude that is non-judgmental, curious, and kind.

StJ Advent Week 4

Turn your phone off. Close your computer. Give yourself at least one hour today free from the rings, vibrations and constant notifications of the virtual world. 

What is it to be mindful? Practicing mindfulness can help both mental and physical health. See simple ways to incorporate mindfulness in your day here and here.