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MINDFULNESS
Buddhist teachings have been the foundation for mindfulness over
thousands of years, but only within the last few decades have we seen
“Western” cultures embrace the practice.
This widespread adoption has created many definitions and interpretations.
John Kabat-Zenn, founder of the widely used mindfulness-based stress
reduction program, explains mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular
way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally". At the
heart of mindfulness is awareness and attention. Awareness is the ability to
feel, perceive or be conscious of the internal (emotions, thoughts,
sensations) and external (objects, events, social environment). While
attention is simply the ability to focus that awareness.

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