It is our ritual to start our classes with a question to our students: Use one word to describe the most important thing that you want to get out of our class. We write a list of these words on a blackboard: mindful, energetic, flexible, lean, etc. It’s usually an interesting list filled with physical, mental or spiritual qualities that people need to function well in the world. Then we juxtapose them with the antonyms, which reveal what they lack. They feel scattered, sluggish, stiff, overweight. This one word makes them focus on what they’re going to master first. The focus takes them out of their comfort zone where they’re already defined, even if it’s in a way they don’t like. There are as many words as people in a group, and there’s always variation because of the range of what people feel is missing to have a good life. And you must commit to the word you choose. So, if you want to really see yourself as a mindful person, then you have to pursue a practice that will significantly change you. You can’t be just “a little” mindful.