What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about paying attention to what’s happening right here, right now, without changing anything, while having a certain attitude. Mindfulness is about awareness, connection, presence, intention, acceptance, compassion, and choice. Mindfulness practice involves paying attention to our experience on the inside and outside.
“Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgement.”
• Jon Kabat-Zinn •
Like two wings of a bird, Mindfulness teaches us to Notice and Allow. We notice what’s happening and we allow it to be here. We see it and let it be without changing anything. When we pay attention and are open to our experiences we allow ourselves the ability to make choices. When we have choices there are possibilities. When there are possibilities, there lies hope.
“In the end, just three things matter:
How well we have lived.
How well we have loved.
How well we have learned to let go.”
• Jack Cornfield •
Stress exists in our lives. It is not going anywhere. Mindfulness is not about getting rid of our stress. This is about becoming more aware of our stress, responding differently to our stress, and ultimately having a different relationship with our stress.
Mindfulness helps us see what is truly here. It helps us to identify our triggers and to learn to respond differently.
Self-care is at the heart of everything we do: the way we feel, think, and act. When we take care of ourselves, we can be at our best, have more balance in our lives, and be more present for the people in our lives. This enhanced presence allows us to better connect with our families, friends, colleagues, and clients.
In addition, as adults, we want our kids to lead healthy lives, to learn healthy coping skills, to make healthy choices. When we care for ourselves, we are more present for our kids and we model healthy behaviors for them.
Self-care allows us to better connect with ourselves and with the individuals who may cross our paths each moment of the day. We can actively make our lives and other people’s lives better.
Guided Mindfulness Practices by Josh Gansky.