Psychologist Jack Kornfield recently said in an interview, “The cultivation of mindfulness really allows us to become present for our own body, for the person in front of us, for the life we’ve been given. Out of that grows, quite naturally, the spirit of gratitude.”
Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness rather nicely as “paying attention on purpose in the present moment, non-judgmentally…as if your life depended on it.” He recommends it as “a way of connecting with your life… that doesn’t involve a lot of energy” but rather “a kind of cultivating attention in a particular way.” When we practice mindfulness, we allow our thoughts and feelings to move through us without taking over and getting us lost.
Mindfulness enables us to stay more connected to the people around us and awaken to what we’ve been missing, while plugging along in our daily existence. Practicing mindfulness is an ongoing, organic and effective way to tap into our feelings of gratitude.