Mindfulness Meditation is a western, non-sectarian, research-based form of meditation derived from a 2,500 year old Buddhist practice.
It is a form of meditation designed to develop the skilly of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience and compassion. The University of California Centre for Mindfulness defines mindfulness meditation this way:
"Mindfulness is non-judgmental, open-hearted, friendly and inviting of whatever arises in awareness. It is cultivated by paying attention on purpose, deeply and without judgment to whatever arises in the present moment, either inside or outside of us. By intentionally practicing mindfulness, deliberately paying more careful moment-to-moment attention, individuals can live more fully and less on 'automatic pilot', thus being more present for their own lives."
Why Practice Daily?
Consistent daily practice promotes the development of stability, inner calmness and non-reactivity of the mind. In turn, this allows us to face and embrace even the unpleasant or painful aspects of daily life. The stability and non-reactivity we cultivate in formal practice supports our ability to become more compassionate human beings, experiencing the joys of pure non-reactive presence.
By developing a simple and pure awareness, we learn to disentangle ourselves from our habitual thoughts, emotions and behaviours and connect with our experience, with ourselves and with others in a healthy and deeper way.
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Taken from the Meditation Science website.