Updated: Jun 13, 2022
Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reacting by what’s going on around us.
Mindfulness is different than concentration. Concentration involves focusing on one particular object, whereas in mindfulness every aspect of the experience is appreciated.
Whether we are working, exercising or enjoying a meal, our intention is not to be focused, but mindful—to be fully aware and awake of what’s going on in the present moment. When’s the last time you really felt the soothing water wash over you in the shower, or noticed the warm suds on your hands while doing dishes at the kitchen sink?
Next time you are walking outside notice all that surrounds you in that present moment bringing your attention to the flowers, scents, the blue sky and the smell of fresh air. Resist the temptation to think about what you'll be doing after. Taking it all in with intention.
When you’re with someone, you give the your undivided attention by being fully present with them allowing yourself to connect with them with all of your senses.
In mindfulness we always come back to our breath to keep us in the present moment. If thoughts, sounds or distractions come in, acknowledge them and just observe. Everything is welcomed. No judgment. We simply bring our attention back to the present moment.