I have been reminded about mindfulness from several different sources over the last couple of weeks, so I thought it was about time I stopped and thought some more about it.
Basically, mindfulness is about slowing down and truly being in the moment. It is about calm, concentrated attention and awareness, which allows us to engage with our experiences and environment in a more intense and satisfying way. When you stop and really tune into your senses you become more peaceful and more aware of your inner responses to what is going on around you.
This can be applied to many aspects of life, and can begin with something as simple as allowing yourself some quiet time to really appreciate the colour, shape, smell and texture of a beautiful flower and becoming aware of any emotional reaction that brings about in you. For many there will be a lifting of the heart and a slight lightening of the worries of the day.
On a larger scale, mindfulness can involve stilling yourself in the midst of a stressful situation and finding a place of deep peace inside yourself. This enables you to make more considered decisions about how you really want to respond and what actions you wish to take, rather than blindly jumping to conclusions and heading into knee-jerk reactions which ultimately increases stress levels.
What simple ways can you practice mindfulness today?