What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention that originated in meditation practices. It is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It is about bringing one's complete attention to the present experience on a moment-to-moment basis. It is about learning to go with the flow of life during your day.
Why learn to be mindful?
Mindfulness practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to focus our attention, as well as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgement. ...
Mindfulness develops over a period of time through practice. You begin by training your mind through mindfulness meditation and this mindfulness meditation allows the mind to develop a concentrated state of mind. Once you establish concentration, you observe the flow of inner thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations without judging them as good or bad. It is a process of paying attention to what your mind is thinking, what emotions you are having, why you are having these emotions and how these emotions make you feel ie angry, sad, distracted etc. You also notice external sensations such as sounds, sights, and touch that make up your moment-to-moment experience.