Mindfulness is an intentional act of turning one’s attention to the present moment sense experience just as it is and without judgment. In this act, we learn about our present-moment experience and begin to develop the capacity to respond to the events of our lives with greater freedom and choice.
Insight Meditation Practice: When we practice being mindful during a meditation sit, we are simply noticing the thoughts and experiences that arise, as they arise, and just as they are – without judgement of what arises. Through a method of noting, we are able to simply observe the patterns of the mind. These patterns and habits of mind can be very revealing when we stop to pay attention. When we observe what is happening in the heart and mind, we begin to have insights into our own way of being.
Open Awareness Practice: For many, mindfulness practice starts with taking a seated position in an indoor, quiet, and controlled space with the eyes closed and an intention of being quiet both in the physical world and in the heart and mind. With open awareness practice, we begin to explore what it means to practice meditation while engaging with all of the senses. We may welcome in sounds, smells, touch, sights, and more. In this way, we explore meditation through an openness to all of our experiences.