What is Mindfulness?

The clinical definition of Mindfulness is “paying attention to something, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn, 2003.

Paying attention” in this sense means paying attention to certain things you are surrounded with at or in the present place and time. 

On Purpose” means you intentionally decide to pay attention to something specific. 

In the Present Moment” means you focus on the here and now and get rid of any thoughts from the past or future. 

Being “non-judgmental” means you are not going to compare, judge or be critical of yourself or what arises while paying attention.

When you join The Recovery Initiative you will develop your own sense and personal understanding of what Mindfulness means to you.

Some people believe that Mindfulness is completely about meditation and that can be a huge deterrent especially if you are someone who has a hard time sitting still for any length of time.

More so, Mindfulness is about dismissing your distracting thoughts and learning how to incorporate meditation as a tool to assist you while practicing your Mindfulness.

When you join this initiative, you will work to improve your mindfulness skills to improve your mental, physical, and spiritual health and keep you grounded in the present.

With regular practice, you won’t find yourself letting your thoughts wander and you won’t get distracted by or caught up in the past or future negative thoughts.

This is especially useful when trying to break the cycle of unwanted habits such as alcohol usage as you will become more aware of your thoughts, giving yourself greater control over your actions.