What is it?
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention, to moment-to-moment experience, on purpose, while suspending judgment and with an attitude of acceptance.
Paying attention in this way allows you to notice how much time you spend dwelling in the past, anticipating the future or judging and criticizing yourself and others. In noticing this you can bring your attention back to the present moment and make informed choices about what to do next.
Mindfulness supports you in becoming aware of what is going on in your mind and body in any moment. This means that you not only experience the richness, joy and vividness of life but also see the difficulties you face more clearly. Approaching life mindfully you learn to develop your capacity to turn towards the difficulties you face with kindness and self-acceptance rather than habitual reactivity.
Mindfulness is not something you achieve or ‘get’, it is a capacity for awareness that you already have. One that can support you in strengthening your inner stability and emotional resilience. Living mindfully you will recognise that life events are not always within your control, but that you have the inner resources to meet and respond to whatever might come your way.
What mindfulness isn’t:
It’s not therapy.
It’s not a relaxation method, though be warned you might experience relaxation.
It’s not about achieving a particular state of mind or outcome but more about meeting your life the way it is.