This site outlines nine simple exercises, culminating in the practice of Mindfulness Meditation, or Vipassana. Although Mindfulness Meditation has its roots in Buddhism, practitioners from a wide variety of cultural and religious backgrounds have found it very beneficial. The goal of this form of meditation is to cultivate awareness, insight, and intentionality. Through this practice, we strive to become an active and nonjudgmental observer of our present experience, while we remain at once a participant. Instead of tuning out most stimuli, as we often do, we want to cultivate awareness. Instead of processing thoughts and feelings automatically, as we often do, we want to cultivate insight. And instead of reacting to experiences impulsively, as we often do, we want to cultivate intentionality. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn calls mindfulness "the direct opposite of taking life for granted."
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