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With the popularity of mindfulness and meditation, there are still many questions people have about what mindfulness is, what a mindfulness teacher does and how to find a qualified teacher.

What is mindfulness?

Let’s start with what mindfulness is. There are many modern definitions that all pretty much say the same thing; mindfulness is paying attention to present moment experiences without judgment of thoughts, feelings or sensations and a willingness to be ok with what is. Mindfulness is paying deep attention to the world around you and within you, moment by moment.

Similarly to the field of medicine, mindfulness is a massive field. It blends ancient eastern philosophies and traditions with modern day brain and body science. The concept of mindfulness has been around thousands of years, the science of mindfulness has only been around since the seventies. Within the field of mindfulness, there are sub-categories. These include cultivation of character traits, self-study, physical wellbeing, and universal insight. Meditation is the foundational tool that helps people build the skill to live with mindfulness across all sub-categories. Other tools of mindfulness include compassion, non-judgment of self and others and kind communication. A mindfulness teacher teaches more than just meditation, although meditation is a core element of what a mindfulness teacher teaches. …


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Let’s start with what mindfulness is. There are many modern definitions that all pretty much say the same thing; mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment. Experience without judgment of thoughts, feelings or sensations and a willingness to be ok with what is. Mindfulness is paying deep attention to the world around you and within you, moment by moment.

Similarly to the field of medicine, mindfulness is a massive field. It blends ancient eastern philosophies and traditions with modern day brain and body science. The concept of mindfulness has been around thousands of years, the science of mindfulness has only been around since the seventies. Though the research supports many positive benefits like reducing stress, improving attention and cognitive function, and enhancing overall well-being, from a science perspective, it’s still early in the research. In 1997 there were three scientific studies on mindfulness. …


Ten years ago, when I left my corporate job to start a mindfulness consulting company, a fellow consultant gave me some advice. He told me being a great consultant is about having the mental space and capacity to think deeply about the projects I’d be hired to support and to avoid the temptation of taking on too many projects and losing the perspective that comes from an uncluttered, present mind.

His wisdom still rings true for consultants, freelancers, independent contractors, and the millions of self-employed people in today’s gig-economy. To be great at anything, one needs to be fully present. …

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