What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention with a positive mind. It is the mental process of purposefully bringing positive awareness to one’s moment to moment experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting. Mindfulness changes impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses.
Mindfulness enables new, wiser responses that improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution.
Mindfulness, introduced into medicine thirty years ago by Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn, (Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center) has become a successful mainstream influence in medicine, psychology, corporate environments, and now education. Thirty years of research and cognitive science, offers compelling evidence to encourage the use of mindfulness in education. The application of mindfulness by students and educators has the potential to improve academic achievement, mental health, self awareness and interpersonal relationships.