Jon Kabat-Zinn, a leader in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, defines mindfulness as paying attention “on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” In his book, Full Catastrophe Living, he further describes the experiences which can arise from practicing mindfulness
Mindful practice can occur at any time and take on many different forms. Practicing mindfulness can take the form of mindful eating by paying greater attention to the nuanced details of the sight, smell, taste, and texture of food. Mindfulness can happen when someone decide to take a minute between meetings to observe the rhythmic movements of their breath. Mindfulness can also happen when we pause to notice how we are caught up in our thoughts and emotions instead of being connected with our bodies and environment. Through mindfulness training in therapy, one can learn to use to power of mindfulness to reduce stress, regulate emotions, and take new perspectives on challenging life situations.