What is Mindfulness?
We are all familiar with the term ‘mindful’ as being conscious or aware of something. However, mindfulness, as applied to mindful meditation, is more than our colloquial use of the term. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and physical sensations without judgement. You can try it now, simply by closing your eyes and noticing the physical sensation of each inbreath and each outbreath. Notice where you feel your breath the most. Focus all of your attention right there, attending to your inhale and exhale. If your mind wanders, simply, and kindly, bring it back to your breath. No scolding of yourself, no repercussions, simply returning your attention to your breath, right where you felt it the most. Do this for three to five minutes, if you’ve never meditated before. Perhaps do this daily for a week. After a week, you may want to add a few more minutes. May more peace, calmness, and serenity abide in your life.