"Paying close attention to something" -Google
"The state of being conscious of something"-Wikipedia
attentive + awareness:
"A pathway to mindfulness, inviting focus to a state of understanding" -Keith
"An exploration of the present moment experience, cultivating an expansion of clarity and non-judgmental awareness that nurtures the development of peace, patience and insight." -Compilation
mindfulness vs meditation?
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D suggested “Mindfulness is both a general awareness of the world and a formal meditation practice." Where meditation is a sharply focused training of attention, mindfulness can take a broader view like the lens of a camera zooming out for a different perspective.
Mindfulness is NOT about cultivating a special state, having certain experiences or stopping your thoughts (it is the brain's job to think). Nor is mindfulness passive. Non-reactivity does not rule out an appropriate response. It often makes one accessible.
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." -Victor Frankel