You hear a lot about mindfulness these days. Hopefully, it’s not just a trend that will fade into the abyss of fads gone by. Mindfulness ought not be treated as a trend, but adopted as a lifestyle. Practicing mindfulness will lead you to balance, wellness, and living in the present moment. Mindfulness is not difficult. In fact, it’s so simple we tend to make it more difficult than it has to be. It requires patience and effort, though. You won’t be able to just say, “I’m being mindful,” and it magically happens. It’s simple, but it does take time for mindfulness to come naturally. That’s why it’s called, “practicing” mindfulness.
Our society is one of instant gratification. Our lives tend to be so busy, we want everything to happen “right now.” That’s not what being in the present moment means. Mindfulness is about observing your environment, grounding yourself, and being in the moment, not rushing through it to the next thing. According to Psychology Today,
“Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
For an example of a mindful experience, you can read mine here. Until next time, practice being mindful of your present moment. Focus on your senses. What do you see, hear, feel, smell, and taste. What are your thoughts & feelings right now? Feel free to share.
Psychology Today. 2017. Mindfulness: present moment awareness. https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness