Mindfulness has been described by Mark Teasdale and colleagues as the following:

• A gateway to awareness of our experience

• A different way of knowing our experience

• A way of sidestepping a ruminative mind, or cascade of thoughts

• A way of reconnecting with feelings (those we like, those we don’t like, those we don’t know that we have)

• A way of befriending our feelings

• A way of seeing our thoughts as creations of the mind

• A way of creating space

• A way of reconnecting with all of our experiences


Williams, M., Teasdale, J., Segal, Z., & Kabat-Zinn, J. (2007). The mindful way through depression: Freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness.

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