What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is defined in Webster's dictionary as "The practice of maintaining a nonjudgemental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis."
The basic gist of mindfulness is living in the moment.
Everyone has heard that they shouldn't worry about the past, stress about the future, and just live in the present moment. Easier said than done, right? Telling someone to just live in the present is like telling someone to just stop having anxiety. Being mindful is simple. However, simple is not always easy. Mindfulness is not achieved with one thought or one session of practice or even one month of practicing. Like all things in life, those that are worth the most, take the most time to attain.
Mindfulness is not a destination. Mindfulness is a tool. It is a tool that we gradually learn to use in order to help us enjoy life as we know it. Mindfulness helps to filter out all of the noise,confusion, and congestion of our modern day world. Mindfulness is a tool that we must cultivate over time in order to gain the knowledge and skills needed to properly wield it.
One of the best effects that mindfulness has in everyday life is it changes our ability to handle stress and anxiety. Mindfulness can act as an anchor to bring us back to reality, not the reality that we are frantically developing and evolving in our heads. With mindfulness practice we can then develop strategies and techniques to help in all other areas of life.
In the next post, we will start introducing ways in which we can practice mindfulness and implement that practice into our everyday lives.
Until next time, have fun and be happy,
Geoff and Steph