What is Mindfulness?
The most basic definition of mindfulness is being fully present in this moment without being caught up in judging this moment. Simply sensing things as they are rather than evaluating whether or not they are what we wanted, expected, or feared.
It may be helpful to think of mindfulness as the opposite of mindlessness which tends to lead to a feeling of being on autopilot or simply reacting to a pattern of living.
Why Should I Practice Mindfulness?
Research suggests learning and practicing mindfulness can lead to physical and emotional benefits. Those who learn mindfulness skills generally report they cope with stress better, get better sleep, have more energy and enthusiasm for life, and experience less pain.
Studies looking into the impact of learning mindfulness have shown small but significant improvements on a wide variety of medical conditions. Since mindfulness just means being present with what is happening right now, a lot of people report their quality of life improves as they practice mindfulness. In short, life just ends up being richer when we show up for the moments of our lives.