Mindfulness is moment after moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, sensations and our immediate environment in the NOW.
Mindfulness is now. It does not rewind the past or rehearse the future.
Mindfulness is paying attention. Mindfulness is focus. Mindfulness is presence and present.
Mindfulness is perceptive.
Mindfulness is clear and vivid consciousness.
Mindfulness does not judge, compare, contrast, elaborate, embellish or reminisce.
Mindfulness is acceptance. Mindfulness is acceptance of what is in the moment.
Mindfulness is intentional. It can be turned on and it can be turned off. It can be magnified, amplified and intensified.
Mindfulness is not operating on auto-pilot, day dreaming or being clueless.
Mindfulness is intentional focus on our emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring right here right now.
Mindfulness is a tool… a path… a way to be and a way to being… private moments away from distractions, concentration and problem-solving.
Mindfulness can be learned, practiced and mastered.
Mindfulness can be a state of being, of thinking, of feeling and of sensing.
Mindfulness has positive affects. Science suggests that mindfulness helps regulate emotions, emotional and behavioral reactivity and impulsivity. Mindfulness increases our abilities to be more flexible, empathic and compassionate with ourselves and with others. Mindfulness can also decrease stress, anxiety and fear.
Mindfulness is a growing trend in psychology and psychotherapy in the treatment of addictions, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, phobias and PTSD. I recommend mindfulness as one way to help heal grief, loss and trauma. I’m also interested in using mindfulness in hospice care and prisons.
Mindfulness is a key Buddhist concept but you don’t have to be Buddhist to appreciate mindfulness or practice it. (Don’t you love this interfaith approach?) It can be a useful too for those needing to practice better self-care.
I like to think of mindfulness as sacred time with myself. In fact, prayer, meditation and mindfulness might all be the same thing.
Consider mindfulness. Stay tuned for more posts about mindfulness this winter.