The backbone of mindfulness is attention. Attention is a mental
faculty that focuses the mind, steadies emotions, and establishes a
foundation for the cultivation of a more vivid awareness. Attention
is inherently an unsteady, fickle, and limited resource that is
especially vulnerable to degradation during times of stress. At the
same time, attention can be trained and refined. Mindfulness
practices that are oriented around the development of concentration,
such as Focused Attention, are an effective and reliable means of
training attention. A mind less prone to wandering is more resilient
in the face of volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (“VUCA”)
conditions, better equipped to see things more clearly, and less
inclined to lead to over-reaction. By training the faculty of
attention, a variety of important attributes are cultivated that
crucial to the study and practice of mindfulness.
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