Mindfulness is an awareness practice that helps us to live more fully in the present moment. One definition of mindfulness is that of paying attention to what’s happening in the here and now without judgment.
Much of the time we spend our lives running on automatic pilot, not actually aware of what’s happening in our body and mind, and in the world around us. We can easily become lost in our thoughts, worrying about the future and thinking about the past. With this, we can miss much of our lives.
In practicing mindfulness we invite our attention to come right back to this present moment, which is the only moment life is available to us. We learn to become more aware of our thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, developing skills to manage them rather than being overwhelmed. We use our breath and body to stabilise our attention in the here and now. Practising mindfulness can help boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.
Evidence shows that practicing mindfulness regularly benefits both body and mind, promoting physical and mental wellbeing.
Rooted in ancient Buddhist texts, mindfulness is now a secular practice which can be applied to all aspects of modern day life and applies to all ages.