Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, and paying attention to what is here, right now in front of you.
Everyday, we wake up we start the day with the habit of going through the tasks of the day.
Getting up, our mind begins immediately to plan one step ahead: in the bathroom we think about what to wear, when we get dressed, we think about what to eat for breakfast, and when we have breakfast, we plan our everyday life. The mind is always one step ahead.
We are never fully in the moment doing what we are doing.
Do you remember the taste of your breakfast this morning?
How do your clothes feel?
How does it smell around you?
What can you see from your current location?
Throughout the day our attention is everywhere at the same time. What we see, hear, feel, think... When we are mindful, we are present. Entirely here, in this moment. Focusing our attention only on specific elements. We perceive - where we are, what we do, what we feel. Instead of thinking about the past or the future, we focus our thoughts on the here and now, listen to ourselves, feel, taste and smell more attentively again. In this way we reduce everyday stress and are more satisfied and overall relaxed. By consciously perceiving the little things in life, we can also enjoy them more, which leads to more satisfaction and happiness.
Jon Kabat-Zinn once said
“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness.”
Mindfulness helps us understand the totality of our being and how the mind works. It can help you to understand your thoughts, feelings, body and world around you. The practice of mindfulness helps you to see that your life is not just one thing or another but a complex combination of all these things together. When you are mindful, you see all aspects of yourself as part of one whole person. Mindfulness also helps us to discover our true selves by knowing what you want out of life rather than trying to live up to other people's expectations by living their values instead of our own values.