What is Mindfulness?

by Ruthie on April 27, 2010

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.
It isn’t more complicated that that.
It is opening to or receiving the present moment,
pleasant or unpleasant,
just as it is,
without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

-Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein is one of the founding teachers of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California (where she has taught meditation for fifteen years).  Her books are many.  My favorite title…“Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.”

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StaceyNo Gravatar April 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

Hi Ruthie!

I can’t believe I didn’t know about Sylvia! I’m definitely adding “Happiness is an Inside Job” to the top of my reading list!

Thanks so much for providing us with another gem! xxoo, s

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Nicole | Blue BiciclettaNo Gravatar April 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Oh, this is so appropriate for me right now—I’ve just started reading some work by Jon Kabat-Zinn on mindfulness and am really trying to get it this time. Also, I live in northern California, so I’ll have to check this out! Thanks!

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StaceyNo Gravatar April 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Hi Nicole!

I’m so glad you checked in to see this! Ooh, wouldn’t it be amazing if you got to check out the Spirit Rock Center? I love Kabat-Zinn’s Full Catastrophe Living – what are you reading? Much love, s

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