Mindfulness is awareness. It means to pay attention in a particular way – on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally (Jon Kabat-Zinn, 1994). Mindfulness is also described as the self-regulation of attention with the use of an attitude of curiosity, openness and acceptance (Bishop et al., 2004).
Mindfulness helps us to take control of what we are focussing on and our attention. The purpose of mindfulness is to build a greater awareness of the present moment and to build a great awareness of our minds and our bodies.
Character Strengths are the best qualities of who we are at our core. We each have a unique expression of our top signature strengths that becomes part of our personality and our psychological make up.
The combination of practicing mindfulness with a focus on character strengths helps us to open the door to avenues to self growth. With improved awareness of our character strengths we can more easily overcome common obstacles that emerge when developing mindfulness and serve to “supercharge” both mindful living and formal mindfulness meditation. (Mindfulness & Character Strengths, 2014)