- 1) The goal of mindfulness is not relaxation or bliss (although this may be a pleasant side effect at times). The only goal is nonjudgmental awareness.
- 2) Mindfulness is not going into a trance, becoming unconscious or having a blank mind. In fact the opposite is true: Mindfulness allows us to become more attuned to our moment-by-moment thoughts, emotions and sensations.
- 3) Mindfulness is not running away from reality. It is rather an honest and compassionate meeting of reality just as it is. Mindfulness asks us to fully experience our life and to be present with what we discover.
- 4) Mindfulness is not selfish. Compassion for the self leads to compassion for others. When we learn to forgive and love ourselves despite our own frailty and imperfection, compassion for others naturally arises.
- 5) Mindfulness is not easy, nor is it a quick fix. It takes a lot of ongoing practice – time and effort – to witness lasting change.
- 6) Mindfulness is not a “cure all”
Adapted from ‘Mindfulness in Plain English’ by Henepola Gunaratana (2011)