What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is noticing what is taking place inside of ourselves and in our outer environment, in the present moment. By paying attention to our life in this way, without judging what we find, we are able to be open to and available for ourselves, and our family and friends in a more kind and compassionate way.
Mindfulness teaches us skills to explore and honor the vast emotional and intellectual experiences we feel as human beings. It also teaches us the skills of noticing when our minds have wandered off into the past or future or to reoccurring thoughts and emotions that not only pull us away from living in the present moment, but that can also leave us feeling stressed, worried and isolated. Mindfulness teaches us how to access new ways of managing these situations and can lead to a happier and more balanced life. Curiosity, openness and kindness for ourselves in this way sets a platform for self awareness, acceptance and compassion.
Genuine self-acceptance and self-compassion lead to a deeper understanding and compassion for the world. Mindfulness helps to cultivate a deep sense of gratitude for our lives, the lives of others and for our daily experiences.