Mindfulness is the inherent capacity we all have to attend to the present moment with awareness and acceptance. Mindfulness is manifested when we release our habitual reactivity to the present moment and drop into life as it is. With mindfulness we live our lives in new and refreshing ways and are able to respond to challenges rather than react in habitual patterns.
The cultivation of mindfulness helps develop clear seeing into the nature of our hearts and minds, bringing an openness and ease.
Thich Nhat Hahn the Vietnamese Zen master, poet, and peace activist, defines mindfulness as: “the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.”
There is now decades of research supporting MBSR in a variety of mental and physical challenges. If you are interested go to: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/research/publications/