Each year on September 12 people around the world celebrate Mindfulness Day. A variety of workshops and meditation groups are held with the intention of raising public awareness of the profound value and benefit of mindfulness.
“Mindfulness is nonjudgmental observation. It is that ability of the mind to observe without criticism. With this ability, one sees things without condemnation or judgement. One is surprised by nothing. One simply takes a balanced interest in things exactly as they are in their natural states. One does not decide and does not judge. One just observes. Please note that when we say, “One does not decide and does not judge,” what we mean is that the meditator observes experiences very much like a scientist observing an object under a microscope without any preconceived notions, only to see the object exactly as it is. In the same way the meditator notices impermanence, unsatisfactoriness, and selflessness”.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Author of Mindfulness in Plain English