“Our mind wanders 20% of the time while reading a book.”
– Daniel Goldman
Every day, we are inundated by distractions – our phones, tablets, TV, and so on. We are hammered by the never-ending dialogue and negativity of the mind. Our mind wanders, and we spiral into the wild thoughts of the past. Even while reading a book, our mind wanders 20% of the time. The ability to focus on one thing at a time, for an extended period, now becomes a skill. And it requires practice.
What is Mindfulness?
For me, being mindful simply means:
“Being right here, right now.”
But for Jon Kabat-Zinn, it becomes a little more complex. Jon is the founder of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He developed the center’s renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and taught the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), an eight-week course, to over 200 medical centers and clinics worldwide. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1971 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He defined Mindfulness as:
“The awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non- judgmentally, as if your life depended on it.”
– Jon Kabat-Zinn