Mindfulness is a simple yet profound state of mind and body which is focused and self-aware.
We all have days when we seem to rush around mindlessly on 'auto-pilot' with our 'to do' lists, and our brains concentrating on dozens of things at the same time. At those times we may only have a superficial awareness of how we are truly feeling underneath. Everyday life is distracting our attention and pulling our energy in so many different directions, we find it hard to focus, concentrate or make aware choices.
Sound familiar ?
With our busy 21st century lifestyles many of us are increasingly becoming aware of how our internal 'autopilots' in rush mode can overload our minds and bodies and lead to tension, anxiety, stress, depression, and/or to pain and illness. Few of us know how to handle the difficult emotions and the challenging physical symptoms that may result. Some of us turn to doctors or therapists or medication to deal with these uncomfortable sensations.
Yet Mindfulness can bring us to our senses and live a more fully aware life as it focuses our attention on the present moment . . . and the next . . . moment by moment.
Jon Kabat-Zinn's definition of Mindfulness is perhaps one of the simplest and most profound: “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally."
Jon Kabat-Zinn's been at the forefront of transforming Eastern philosophy and meditation practices into Western mind/body medicine helping thousands of people cope better with stress, anxiety, depression, pain and illness.
Mindfulness is based on Eastern philosophy but isn't practised as a religious tradition. It's used in a secular way as a body/mind life skill to develop present moment ways to relate to everyday life.
Mindfulness training practice involves developing exercises in breathing deeper and more awareness; learning how to meditate - sitting, lying down, or moving; learning and practising new gentle mindful movement exercises; and developing a daily mindfulness practice which with increasing awareness shows us how to be in our natural state of mind, focused on what we are choosing to do and fully aware of our choices . . .
. . . Moment by Moment