mind·​ful·​ness | \ ˈmīn(d)-fəl-nəs How to pronounce mindfulness (audio) \

Definition of mindfulness

1 : the quality or state of being mindful
2 : the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis also : such a state of awareness

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And deep breaths, of course, are one of the great tenets of mindfulness. April Long, Marie Claire, "Aromatherapy Perfumes: Do They Really Work?," 20 Feb. 2019 Discover some fabulous destinations to visit with your girlfriends, read about what dating will look like in 20 or 30 years, and learn how to really, truly practice mindfulness. Marie Claire, "What You Should Know About Bumble's New Magazine," 4 Apr. 2019 The app also uses machine learning to understand your needs better, personalizing your mindfulness journey to your goals and needs. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "This relaxation and stress-relief app has a near perfect rating from over 3,000 users," 25 May 2018 Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of meditation and mindfulness app Headspace, spent a decade studying meditation at Buddhist monasteries. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Headspace vs. Calm: The Meditation Battle That’s Anything but Zen," 15 Dec. 2018 Although the goals and methods vary widely depending on the type of meditation, at the core of several is a quality called mindfulness. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 In certain scenarios, like mine, this combo of mindfulness plus joy can lead to faster running. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Not Training for a Race May Have Actually Helped Me Run My Fastest Time Yet," 8 Feb. 2019 Thankfully, there have been no such crises on this adventure in mindfulness. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Can the New Hermès Apple Watch Actually Help You Unplug?," 19 Nov. 2018 With mindfulness, the goal is to focus on the present moment, the eternal now, as the result of transient thoughts and feelings. Robert M. Thorson, WSJ, "‘Timefulness’ Review: Thinking in Eons," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mindfulness

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mindfulness was circa 1530

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