Mindfulness is getting more attention nowadays as more studies come out showing the benefits of mindfulness. While the meaningfulness of the word mindfulness may be disputable, there is real evidence that being more mindful can enhance just about every aspect of your life. However, there are no shortcuts, you got to do some work…
Mindfulness originates in Buddhistic philosophy and is associated with qualities like awareness, presence, attention or focus. The opposite would be inattention, distractedness and lack of engagement.
Mindfulness refers to both a practice and a state of being. Practicing mindfulness means training your brain to stay focused, for example on the sensations of your breathing. The purpose is, however, to remain mindful when you pick up your daily activities. Being mindful means being fully engrossed in what is going on around you (using all of your senses), and inside of you (thoughts, emotions and physical sensations).
You may wonder: So what’s the point?
Increased mindfulness could help you become more focused, happier, healthier, more relaxed, and in control. Mindfulness can break the tendencies of being lost in memories of the past, or overwhelmed by the worries or projections of the future,
and instead make you fully appreciate the present moment – the only moment we really have.