Mindfulness is about intentionally focusing your attention on the present moment without judgment.
"It is not about "emptying" the spirit but noticing how well it is filled."
Jon Kabat Zinn
Meditation is first and foremost a training of the spirit, a way of going "against the current" and opposed to the over solicitation of our brains, a practice where we take time for ourselves in these "connected" times where everything goes so fast…
"We cannot stop the waves but you can learn to surf"
Jon Kabat Zinn
Even if meditation is a several thousand years old spiritual practice, it can be practiced outside of any religion, as is the case of the programs proposed for companies.
Other points of view on meditation…
- Meditation has the same root as medicine "Med" and can be designated as a "participatory medicine" that allows you to mobilize your own resources.
- The calligraphy for "mindfulness" in Chinese is composed of "the present moment" and "the heart", therefore it would mean the presence and the fullness of the heart, " mindfulness" in Chinese can be referred to as " heartfulness"…
- The Sanskrit and Tibetan terms for meditation are "to grow" and "to familiarize yourself". Meditation is about familiarizing yourself with a clear and fair vision of things, and to cultivate the dormant qualities as long as we do not make the effort to awaken and to develop them… Each of us has in him or herself the necessary potential to be free of mental states that produce suffering and dissatisfaction, both to ourselves and to those around us, and to find more inner peace while contributing to the happiness of others".
(Sébastien Henry, Ces décideurs qui méditent et s’engagent, Dunod 2014)
"Direct your eye right inward, and you’ll find
A thousand regions in your mind, yet undiscovered
Travel them, and be expert in home-cosmography."
(Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854)