Mindfulness has its origins in Buddhist philosophy and was taught in order to alleviate suffering and nurture compassion (White, 2014). Mindfulness entails purpose, awareness and attention in the present moment.
‘Mindfulness is a transformative process where one develops an increasing ability to ‘experience being present’, with ‘acceptance’, ‘attention’ and ‘awareness’. (White, 2014, p282)
White, L. (2014) Mindfulness in nursing: an evolutionary concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(2): 282-294 doi: 10.1111/jan.12182