An adolescent’s subjective experiences of mindfulness were explored in a single case study of a 17-year-old
female. Data were created by means of ‘mindfulness sessions’, unstructured interviews, creative
expression, journals and field notes. The data were analysed and interpreted using a combination of
typological and interpretive analysis strategies. Findings are presented within a conceptual framework
of mindfulness derived by the main author from the literature review. Five themes emerged from the
data in relation to the conceptual framework applied, namely present-centered awareness and attention,
attitude and heart qualities, self-regulation, universalism and mindlessness. Overall findings suggest
firstly that the participant subjectively experienced mindfulness as being predominantly task-oriented.
Secondly, it appears that the participant experienced personal growth and development in terms of
her understanding and practice of mindfulness. These findings could make a potential contribution
towards qualitative research on mindfulness, and research on how mindfulness could possibly apply to
an adolescent. Studies have shown mindfulness to be a potentially promising intervention and quality
to be cultivated in the development of well-being. The study is thus significant in the context of positive
psychology and a move towards more holistic health and well-being.