All of these [meditation] instructions apply the perspective of bare attention to whatever experience arises. “Bare” here means simple, direct, non-interfering and non judging. Attention refers to mindfulness, awareness,not forgetting. So bare attention is simple, direct, non-interfering awareness. Alert and relaxed we are not looking for any experience in particular, we are simply awake to what presents itself. Observing in this way opens up worlds we may have never noticed ….
Sometimes the simplest things are overlooked because they are so simple. A profound aspect of bare attention is its natural capacity to include everything. When we are just being with what is, nothing falls outside of the way of awareness. A mirror doesn’t choose what to reflect; its nature simply reflects whatever comes before it. Can we practice this same mirror-like wisdom of mind?
Joseph Goldstein, One Dharma