mindfulness

noun
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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Examples of mindfulness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to health considerations, environmental mindfulness made Chaplin comfortable with welcoming the NHL, as the water clarity of Lake Tahoe is always top of mind for community leaders. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "The NHL meets Lake Tahoe: How the league will pull off outdoor games on picturesque golf course," 18 Feb. 2021 Grounding yourself in the present moment and focusing on what’s actually in your control—a process known as mindfulness—can help assuage those difficult emotions. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "14 Ways to Fight Quarantine Depression, According to Experts," 27 Jan. 2021 Last year, Madlib made tracks for a mindfulness app, full of off-kilter, stuttering drums and swirls of keyboard. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Beat-Making of Madlib," 18 Jan. 2021 Since then, she's managed her depression with the help of mindfulness and art courses. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, "Minnesotans discover that art can offer a cure for loneliness in the pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021 Mindfulness can also be strengthened through practice, and many types of mindfulness training programs have sprouted in recent years. The Conversation, oregonlive, "Children and teens can benefit from mindfulness training, studies indicate," 5 Jan. 2021 Yoga and mindfulness are big businesses in America. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "The Science of Spiritual Narcissism," 4 Jan. 2021 Headspace offers courses on various mindfulness goals such as Navigating Change, Managing Anxiety, Restfulness, and more. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Meditation Apps for a Moment of Calm in 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 Maintaining mental distance from those distractions is crucial for reaping the benefits of mindfulness. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "How to make the most of meditation with science," 1 Jan. 2021

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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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23 Feb 2021

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“Mindfulness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mindfulness. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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