Mindfulness is an attitude towards living, the art of staying in the moment - accepting what is.
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
Mindfulness is a very simple concept. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. Mindfulness is a way of being with and attending to experience with awareness rather than judgement. It is about learning to bring a sense of acceptance to the present moment, just as it is, however pleasant or unpleasant, easy or difficult.
By tuning in to mental processes, we are able to recognise that our thoughts are just thoughts; they don't necessarily represent reality. We can observe them rather than being subject to them.
Mindfulness lets us absorb the richness of the moment instead of going through life with half of our attention on the past or future or our own mental chatter. The self-knowledge that comes from mindfulness lets us be more intentional in choosing priorities and actions that fit our life mission.
Mindfulness does not conflict with any beliefs or traditions, whether religious, cultural or scientific. It is simply a practical way to notice thoughts, physical sensations, sights, sounds, smells, tastes - anything we might not normally notice.
We might go out into the garden and as we look around, we might think "That grass really needs cutting, and that vegetable patch looks very untidy". A young child on the other hand, will call over excitedly, "Hey - come and look at this ant!"
Mindfulness practise helps us to recognise and step away from habitual, often unconscious emotional and physiological reactions to everyday events.
Practicing mindfulness helps us to become an observer of what is going on within and around us, instead oautomatically reacting to these things.