What exactly is mindfulness? Elizabeth Tracey reports


Everyone seems to be talking about mindfulness, especially as global issues become more pressing and Covid-19 just won’t go away, but what exactly is mindfulness, and might it be helpful for you? Neda Gould, a mindfulness expert at Johns Hopkins, defines the practice.

Gould: Mindfulness is bringing our attention to the present moment, but with a particular attitude. With one of nonjudgmental awareness. We spend so much of our time trying to push away things we don’t like, and hold onto things we do like. We’re constantly judging and trying to hold on things to make our days and lives better. Mindfulness might seem counterintuitive, but we’re actually turning our attention towards our experiences.  :34

Gould says there’s persuasive evidence that mindfulness may be just the thing to help you cope with our chaotic world. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.