Mindfulness is composed of two aspects:
‘‘self-regulation of attention’’ and ‘‘an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance’’
Mindfulness is ‘‘paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally’’
Mindfulness is nonjudgmental awareness. The ability to pay attention in the moment is often called awareness.
Awareness means the ability to observe, to track thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they are happening in the present, noticing the body and mind, and contacting one’s actual felt experience
without holding on or pushing away .
Merely observing or having awareness does not constitute mindfulness; mindfulness also has the quality of non-judgment, which includes softness, acceptance of experience as it is .