The Actual Experience of Mindfulness

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When we hear phrases commonly used to describe mindfulness like “just be with what is”, “accept the present moment”, “don’t get lost in judgement”,  it (mindfulness) can sound pretty inert. But the actual experience of mindfulness produces a vibrant, alive, open space where creative responses to situations have room to arise, precisely because we’re not stuck in the well-worn, narrow grooves of our habitual reactions. In mindfulness, we don’t lose discernment and intelligence. These qualities actually become more acute as stale preconceptions and automatic, rigid responses no longer continue to rule the day.


Salzberg, Sharon. Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. N.p.: Workman, 2013.

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