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Introduction

Mindfulness is a way of being aware. Mindful awareness is receptive and not exclusive. Sensations, thoughts, or feelings are simply experienced for what they are. To be mindfully aware means, strangely, there can be an absence of `mind'. Even if thoughts are chattering away, they receive no more attention than anything else that has arisen. As people's ordinary, reactive ways of restricting their awareness diminish, a sense of the suchness of things emerges. At the same time, being mindful does not mean that the mind falls silent, or expands, or radiates universal love. These may happen, in awareness, but they are not the process itself.