It is such a simple idea, I’m sure others thought of it before Buddha but he is the one who articulated it. Mindfulness means the ability to keep something in mind. This means the skill to keep one thing in mind instead of being taken off course. It takes three forms:
- Stay alert to what you’re doing in the present moment.
- Recognize the skillful and unskillful qualities that arise in the mind.
- Know how to get rid of the qualities that get in the way of concentration, then developing the skillful ones that promote it.