More and more, I look at mindfulness meditation as a process of attending. The word just seems to fit nicely with how I am learning to engage in meditation. Attending to the breath. Attending to thought. Attending to emotion. Attending to sensation.
So I thought I would look up synonyms for the word 'attend' on Thesaurus.com. (I love words and thesauruseseses.) Here are some words that from my perspective fit in very nicely with meditation. I've tried to organize them in a way that groups similar senses of meaning and which implies a process. At the same time I want to convey that the various aspects of the process are also interrelated, very wholistic, and in a sense spatial in addition to being linear. It's like a wavicle.
Anway, here goes. It's kind of lengthy, but then mindfulness is a practice that touches and stimulates across many inner and outer terrains. So please bear with me. I hope this might be helpful to someone...
gather (the mind) be present centre focus concentrate establish abide note notice watch look listen see hear witness behold regard follow
accompany tend shepherd
come to light emerge recognize greet be kind to bow respect esteem honour
nourish nurture nurse foster minister
consider study reflect contemplate heed develop
ease alleviate free help relieve salve soothe remedy restore renew revivify
heal make healthy make whole