Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.
Jon Kabat Zinn
The accelerated pace of life today, with faster communication and 24/7 availability, can mean that we are always on call, rushing, busy with the many commitments which we have taken on. Our minds can be constantly on the go - planning, thinking of the many things we have to do, worrying about the future or thinking on the past. This can result in moments – or even hours - of “mindlessness” – losing touch with what is happening in the present, living mechanically, not having the space to enjoy life.
MINDFULNESS practice is a simple way to reconnect with inner resources and move towards balance within yourself. It is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life that can lead to you taking charge of your life, doing for yourself what no one else can do for you – consciously working with the challenges or demands of everyday life. By paying more attention to the present moment, you can begin to appreciate what you already have.
In this sense it is the key to a fuller life.
All too often we find it difficult to accept where we are at this moment or the way that our life has developed. We can find our minds continually judging us or comparing us with other “better” selves and situations. If ongoing, these critical thoughts can lead to a discontent with everything in our lives.
By becoming “mindful”, that is, deeply aware of what is happening in this moment, we strengthen our capacity to connect with our lives. This can lead to a greater contentment with who we are and with how our day-to-day lives are at this moment. Through mindful meditation practices we train ourselves to pay greater attention, moment by moment, step by step, to stop from time to time throughout the day, to come back to the present moment and let go of our worries and preoccupations. It is simply a practical way to be more in touch with the fulness of our being through paying attention, self-inquiry and mindful action.