mindfulness definitionClients often ask: “What is mindfulness?” Most of the time I avoid the fool’s business of providing definitions. Definitions finalize. Descriptions leave the subject open to futher descriptions.

- So, what is mindfulness?

Here’s a description (one of hundreds):

When you stop filtering What Is (i.e. Reality) into important and unimportant, relevant and irrelevant, all of a sudden: everything is indescribably important, everything is indescribably relevant.

Is the swaying of this tree over here important?

-  Yes.

Why?

-   Unimportant.

What about the non-swaying of that tree over there, is that too relevant?

-   Yes.

Why?

-   Irrelevant.

Birch trees photo available from Shutterstock

 


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    Last reviewed: 21 Dec 2012

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). Fool’s Business. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2012/12/fools-business/

 

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