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1What is mindfulness?
There are several definitions of Mindfulness, which are quite similar and accurate. A mindfulness pioneer at University of Massachusetts named John Kabat Zinn offers this helpful description of it as,“The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience on a moment by moment basis.”
2What is mindfulness training?
A tool for developing a highly functional and effective mind that is relaxed, focused, and clear.
3Is there a difference between mindfulness and meditation?
They are similar in that both trainings involve developing one’s focus and awareness by working with the breath and distractions. Meditation and other contemplative practices have histories dating back thousands of years and are connected to various traditions.
4What qualifies someone to be a mindfulness trainer?
This is a very important question. As mindfulness training has become popular, vetting is critical and challenging to verify, as there is no agreed upon licensing standard. In my opinion, the minimums I would insist upon are someone with at least five (5) years of consistent training and development, who practices an average minimum of five (5) hours a week, has been on at least five (5) retreats of a week of more, ideally some solitary.
5Is mindfulness religious?
No, it is a secular training that works with the human brain and is backed by neurological and other scientific research findings from around the world.
6How much time will it take to learn mindfulness?
Most people report a consistent practice of 10-minutes per day makes a difference. Similar to cooking, music, and athletics, one’s growth and development are commensurate to time practiced. There is no limit to how long you could practice.
7What is needed to learn mindfulness?
An interested attitude is helpful. No equipment or supplies are necessary. You can practice mindfulness in any location.