What is Mindfulness?

Many people ask what is mindfulness. It is paying purposeful attention, being clearly alert in the present moment.

When you are being truly mindful, you are using qualities like compassion, curiosity and self acceptance. It is an appreciation of balance, and calm.

Have a look at Mindfulness For Beginners to start practicing now. 

What is the Act of Mindfulness Like?

Have you walked along a road somewhere or sat beside a river or perhaps looked for awhile at the shapes of clouds?

When you have been walking, or sitting or watching, have you felt quiet, without knowing the time passing? If you have had these moments of peacefulness, then you have experienced most of the meaning of this practice.

Along with this sense of peace is that you are absolutely aware of your surroundings. You are exploring the world around you without judgement. You are simply being in the present moment. 

You might believe that you have to change yourself somehow. If this is so, examine your life. Ask yourself if there is really a lot about you that is totally fine. If this is your realization, then accept yourself for who you are. Self acceptance is a powerful aspect of being mindful.

The practice of mindfulness begins in the small, remote cave of your unconscious mind and blossoms with the sunlight of your conscious life, reaching far beyond the people and places you can see. Earon Davis

You are not alone if you are searching for calm and peace of mind. Technology is altering our careers. Our lives are more demanding, our children face stresses unheard of in the past, the changing environment may worry some of us. Sometimes it's hard to keep up.

A few years ago Eckhart Tolle presented "The Power of Now" series on the Oprah show. 'Being present in the moment' became a buzz word.

But most of us had no idea what the sentence really meant or how to do it. I have to say that like all things worthwhile, mindfulness takes practice. But I also know that like everything else we do a few times, being in here and now gets easier with each attempt.

To know what is mindfulness and to learn how to practice it, check out Mindfulness for Beginners for help.

Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Reduces stress, anxiety, pain and depression.
  • Boosts energy, creativity, quality of relationships, overall sense of well-being.
  • Improves productivity.
  • Gets you in touch with your body.
  • Produces relaxation.
  • Allows for personal discovery.
  • Enhances creativity.
  • Helps heal disease.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. William Blake

What Mindfulness is Not

It is not concentration. When you concentrate, you are focused. You are thinking, planning for the future or ruminating on the past. You might even get angry or frustrated if someone interrupts you.

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the small uncaring ways.

Stephen Vincent Benet

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