Mindfulness is to 'remember' or 'keep in mind' or 'non-forgetfulness' and specifically refers to keeping 'Right View' in the mind. 'Mindfulness' works together wth 'sampajanna' ('ready/situational wisdom'). The video below might help.
One is mindful to abandon wrong view & to enter & remain in right view: This is one's right mindfulness.
MN 117 https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitak ... .than.html
To see it from the texts is to quote the texts. The texts say, for example:
"What is sammasati? Sati means to bear in mind or bring to mind. Sati is the state of recollecting, the state of remembering, the state of non-fading, the state of non-forgetting. [Vbh.105, 286]
'Attention' is not 'mindfulness'.markandeya wrote: ↑Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:10 pmWithin Vipassana usually the process starts with attention to the body and its sensations, to notice the flow and movement and non static waves of body sensations, this is a vitakka practice or applying ones sati or attention/thought to gross phenomenon from an inner point of view or from the inner mind to notice the arising and ceasing of sensations and feelings within the body and the causes and conditions of naturally arising phenomenon.
Its mindfulness towards the body rather than mindfulness of the body. When clinging to the body as "Atman" or "Self" or "Me" or "Brahma" is abandoned and not permitted to arise (until the reality of Non-Atman is clearly seen directly) this is the practise of mindfulness.
Using vitakka to direct consciousness to observe or pay attention to the body when the body is regarded as "Self" or "Atman" or "Beautiful" is not mindfulness, such as pictured below: