“The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”
The Oxford Dictionary
“The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment,
and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”
Jon Kabat Zinn
Where you are, right now, what are you aware of?
And by becoming aware of all that, you’re aware of more than you thought you were, aren’t you?
Mindfulness is simple. And profound. It’s everything, and yet nothing.
Of course, I could write about the theory of mindfulness, about how it’s an age old technique to attain calmness, productivity, and release from stress, anxiety and pain.
I could detail the many different practices that help one attain it, the myriad beneficial effects on the body, mind and spirit, or even the number of scientific papers that back it up.
Instead, go ahead and experience it for yourself, right now.
You can observe yourself observing, can’t you, the sounds around you, or the colours, or the words, the screen, the smells? Yes, of course you can.
Or the thoughts, they come and then they go, the feelings, the sensations of your body. Your breathing, is that a space between the in breath, and the out? Or anything else.
Whatever is there, is there, just experience it. That’s it, exactly.
That’s mindfulness. I don’t know about you, but each time I do nothing but be aware, simply observe without judgement, I feel different.
Even though each of us is unique, we often have common experiences though mindfulness, like a sense of clarity, peace, some form of energy, relaxation, and a healing space.
You could do yourself a favour by exploring mindfulness, on your own, or with the help of a mindfulness coach, and you may just be surprised how far that curiosity can go.