Awareness may be described as feeling, apprehending, or another way of knowing besides conceptual/thought-based knowing. In fact, we can hold our thoughts in awareness, suggesting that awareness is a larger container or a type of knowing that’s bigger than thoughts.
Holding our thoughts in awareness often gives us an entirely new perspective on them and their content. Awareness can be developed and refined by exercising our innate capacity for attention and discernment. Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness operationally as the awareness that arises when we pay attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Therefore, awareness is synonymous with mindfulness. It includes a heart quality.« Back to Glossary Index