mind·​ful·​ness | \ ˈmīn(d)-fəl-nəs \

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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For those interested in natural treatments, Shen says that mindfulness, paced breathing, and acupuncture seem to work. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 Smiling Mind Developed by psychologists and educators, Smiling Mind is a nonprofit aiming to make mindfulness accessible to everyone, including children as young as 7. Claire Coghlan, New York Times, "Want to Feel Happier? Your Phone Can Help. (Maybe.)," 22 June 2018 But that doesn't seem to matter to a few dozen elementary school-age kids who are discovering what mindfulness looks and feels like. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Is your kid a phone zombie this summer? Time to get them moving," 14 June 2018 Meditate or pick up a mindfulness practice to help lessen the more acute symptoms of your anxiety. Maria Kari, Allure, "Christine Blasey Ford Confronted Her Traumatic Past, Now I’m Confronting Mine," 1 Oct. 2018 There are several steps people can take to reduce the negative effects of watching media violence: Reduce exposure through mindfulness practice. Scott Glassman, Philly.com, "Is it time to look away? Health effects of watching violence in the media," 14 Mar. 2018 Now, my clients are mainly interested in a life that is more centered around mindfulness and wellness. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "How to Organize Your Home in 2019, According to Marie Kondo," 29 Oct. 2018 Both shows were about mindfulness and how clothing can help us feel grounded during chaos. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Spring 2019 Collections," 10 Oct. 2018 The guidelines for what counts toward a meditation streak can be loose; the companies allow a broad swath of mindfulness exercises to qualify. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Competitive About Your Meditation? Relax, Everyone Else is Too," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of mindfulness

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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