Recently, I came across the following quote attributed to the founder of the Center for Mindfulness and Medicine, Jon Kabat-Zinn: “Mindfulness is nonjudgmental present moment awareness and the capacity to act on that awareness.” I was struck by the simplicity and yet the profound nature of this statement for it points that out mindfulness requires that we are conscious of our actions, have the ability to act on that consciousness, AND remain non-critical of what we observe in ourselves and others.
The question I have for you, the one I am working to answer for myself, is how often am I able to actually practice mindfulness (as defined by Kabat-Zinn)? What would this practice look like if I could implement the non-judgmental awareness and action to my life? What changes might occur within my relationships, my career, and my physical asana practice?
As you attempt to answer these questions, I invite you to be as gentle and compassionate with yourself as possible. Perfect execution is not the point: Practice is.