Chapter 2

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is simply noticing the way things are. It's not a technique, it's a skill—the skill of being aware without grasping or denying. Both grasping and denying are created states; they don't occur naturally. Therefore, mindfulness is the skill of being natural. It enables you to be aware of exactly who and what you are.

Mindfulness is rooted in a 2,500-year-old science of the mind called vipassana. Translated, “vipassana” means insight meditation or Mindfulness meditation. Although the ancient science of meditation began in Buddhism, it can be taught and practiced without religious beliefs and is applicable to the challenges of modern-day life, and to leadership in particular. Indeed, ...

Get Mindful Leadership: The 9 Ways to Self-Awareness, Transforming Yourself, and Inspiring Others now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.