At Issue: Mindful Living

imgres-1Mindfulness has become a buzzword. It’s joined authentic, vulnerable and validate as words I often hear tossed around but wonder, what does that really mean?

According to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, considered to be a pioneer in mindfulness based stress-reduction, “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.”

Psychology Today says that mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present, observing your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.

Since the early 1980s clinics have been established to teach the principles of mindfulness. Mindful parenting has been gaining traction as people struggle to find balance amid the chaos of juggling careers and parenting with the demands of everyday life. The University of Alberta offers a new course that promotes teacher mindfulness and NYU’s Stern School of Business has recently collaborated with Global Spiritual Life at NYU giving MBA students an opportunity to transform business leadership. Even Time magazine dedicated their February 2014 cover to “The Mindful Revolution”.

This week, we are trying to figure out what this mindful revolution means to us, how we can live more mindful lives and if we even care to add one more thing to our growing to-do list.