What it is
Aspects of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is about focussing on the ‘here and now.' Incorporating the daily practice of mindfulness into our lives enables us to slow things down, especially in the fast paced environment in which we live. Being mindful allows us to focus on the present, and not become consumed by thoughts from the past, or fears for the future. Perhaps even more importantly, the practice of mindfulness calms both the mind and body.
The practice of mindfulness brings a heightened awareness of each passing moment. For example, one can either walk hurriedly down the street with a focus on the end destination. Or, one can walk mindfully; observing the sound of the footsteps on the ground, feeling the warmth of the sunshine on one's face, listening to the sounds of the city existing around, paying attention to the various smells. Imagine the enjoyment of practicing mindfulness while enjoying a scrumptious dessert, watching a funny movie, or spending time with a loved one. Being mindful means being truly present in the moment.
The following are the steps to mindfulness. Please note; there is no one correct way to practice mindfulness. Depending on the situation, one may spend more time in the ‘observe' stage, while another situation will encourage more time in the ‘participation' phase.