what is mindfulness

Mindfulness stands for being open and aware, without any judgement in the here and now.

you could say that mindfulness is training oneself in becoming aware. being alert, without any judgement, good or bad, being able to perceive what is here in this moment.

This all sounds very easy, but it tends to be more difficult then you might think.

So consumed by the autopilot we miss half of things happening around us, wich can make us react in a way that could be harmfull to ourselves or others

Jon Kabat-zinn is an American professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Kabat-Zinn was first introduced to meditation at MIT where he was a student.  In 1979 he founded the Stress Reduction Clinic, where he adapted the Buddhist teachings on mindfulness and developed the Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program.

He subsequently renamed the structured eight-week course mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR). He removed the Buddhist framework and any connection between mindfulness and Buddhism, instead putting MBSR in a scientific context.

The course aims to help patients cope with stress, pain, and illness by using what is called "moment-to-moment awareness."