“Mindfulness is an awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”
- Jon Kabat- Zinn
The word Mindfulness can be used and overused quite mindLESSLY these days. What is Mindfulness? What does it really mean to attend to the present moment? While it maybe be simple to understand conceptually, these questions are best answered through one’s own experience of Mindfulness.
We can begin by resting our attention on the waves of our breath, what we hear, see, feel or taste, while falling behind structures of thought that often attach to sensory observations. By experiencing our senses just as they are, we can become attuned to the present moment. For Example: If the breath is the chosen sensory vehicle, we allow our attention to surf the inhales and exhales noticing the qualities of the breath. This includes length and speed of the breath, the movement in the belly or chest, the temperature of the air, the sensation in the nostrils and lungs.
If you already practice mindfulness, you know that our brain tries fill any moments of concentration or empty space with thoughts. In practicing mindfulness we non-judgmentally acknowledge the existence of those thoughts and let them pass, while remembering to return our attention over and over again to the sense of our choosing- whether it is physical sensation of the breath or body, hearing or seeing.
This quality of attention can be practiced through traditional meditation as well as reinforced each moment as we navigate our ever-changing environments!
Below, I invite you to join me for some Mindfulness practices to deepen or reinforce your understanding!