Mindfulness is about paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
(Kabat-Zinn, J 2009. Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body to face stress, pain and illness. 15th Anniversary Edition. Delta Trade paperbacks)
With flexibility, openness, and curiosity.
We make a choice to train our awareness.
It is not a thinking process.
We can use a mindful approach to living our daily lives.
Being in the present moment
Being aware and paying attention to what we are experiencing in the present moment is about focusing attention on what we are doing right now.
This leaves little room for worry about the past or future, or getting caught up in thoughts.
Mindfulness cultivates a way of being in a harmonious relationship with what is, whether that is nagging thoughts, uncomfortable feelings, external stressors, or physical discomfort.
Through fully opening to what is present in our internal experience and being curious about it, rather than resisting or pushing it away, a deep acceptance and ability to rest more fully in the present moment is cultivated.
Mindfulness can be used to increase our awareness of how we feel, think, and react; it can assist in the development of emotional intelligence and resilience.