Mindfulness is our ability to be aware of our own physical and emotional feelings, right here, right now. Watch a child at play and see how attentive they are. They are curious and fully engaged in the what they are doing. As we grow older, our tendency is to compare what we are experiencing to our experiences in the past or to plan how this experience will be useful to us in the future.
As adults, we miss so much in the current moment while we are looking to the past or the future. We are constantly driven by our ‘to do list’ and hindered by experiences of the past. Is it really possible to get a break from all of this?
“When you are present in this moment, you break the continuity of your story, of past and future.
Then true intelligence arises, and also love.”
– Eckhart Tolle
How do we learn to be mindful?
Mindfulness is about practicing staying present and noticing what arises moment by moment.
Meditation is one way we can find a quietening of the mind. With practice, we can learn ‘pauses’ and ‘awareness’ prompts in our daily routines. Mindfulness is really just being aware of what we are doing while we are doing it. Aware of out it feels, mentally and physically, and learning how to deal with any emotions these events may bring up.
Is mindfulness living in the moment?
Yes! But it is also about discovering how those “moments” make us feel. When we are mindful, we experience each moment as it unfolds, right here, right now. This awareness may present itself as kindness, curiosity, openness, acceptance, self love and letting go.
Perceiving with all of our senses (sound, sight, touch, smell and taste) takes our attention out of the regular realm of thinking and judging. We begin to recognize that there is more than our thoughts and feelings. Awareness or Mindfulness is our ability to be aware of our thoughts, feelings, sounds, how our body feels, the environment etc… without passing judgement on them.
The overwhelming evidence on Mindfulness is hard to ignore
Less stress, worry, negativity. Better focus, work, sleep. More health, fun and happiness
Overwhelming Mindfulness Research evidence shows that mindfulness boosts the immune system, intelligence, positive emotional states, self awareness, creativity, happiness, compassion and more…
Rather than worrying about the past or the future, when we are mindful, we live with what is happening now. As we become more skilled at managing our mindfulness, we gain resilience. This gives us the ability to effectively go thru our day rather than letting our day run us!
We begin to see things differently, as they really are, rather than how we thought they were due to our past experiences. This allows us to respond more effectively and appreciate more fully.
Why mindfulness just makes sense
With the benefits to mental and physical health, when we are present and live mindfully, we get past the ‘noise’ in our heads and begin to experience life more deeply. We begin to see the things we have been missing.
The sound of your child’s voice, the smell of rain, the colors of the leaves, the warmth of a hug, or the smile from a stranger. The miracle moments that make up our life that we have overlooked in the past.
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