Mindfulness in Plain English
Mindfulness is present-time awareness. It takes place in the here and
now. It is the observance of what is happening right now, in the
present moment. It stays forever in the present, perpetually on the
crest of the ongoing wave of passing time.
If you are remembering your second-grade teacher, that is memory.
When you then become aware that you are remembering your second-grade
teacher, that is mindfulness. If you then conceptualize that process
and say to yourself, “Oh, I am remembering,” that is thinking.
-Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English