Mindfulness Is Still Practiced And Its One Of The Many Elements Of Buddhism

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For over 2,500 year mindfulness, as a meditative practice, has been practiced and its one of the many elements of Buddhism (Pollack, Pedulla, & Siegel, 2014). Exploring further, Mindfulness is often understood to be a translation of the Pali term Sati. Pali is believed to be the language that the original teachings of Buddha were first recorded. Sati connotes awareness, attention, and remembering (Pollack, Pedulla, & Siegel, 2014). While the definitions of awareness and attention are similar to that of the English language, the definition of remembering is slightly different. In Sati, remembering is more than recalling memories or events good or bad its means to remember, to continuously be aware, and pay attention. More specifically, to pay attention and be aware with a nonjudgmental attitude, one that encompass warmth, friendliness and compassion (Pollack, Pedulla, & Siegel, 2014).
Mindfulness has been a practice to alleviate human suffering, Jon Kabat-Zinn definition of mindfulness is often quoted in Western Psychological teachings on the subject matter. He describes mindfulness as the, “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment” (as cited in Segal, Williams, &Teasdale, 2013, p.38). His definition while at the epicenter of the understanding of mindfulness is not an all-inclusive definition because in western psychology mindfulness it is not a one size fits all approach and has been…
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