What You Need To Know

Mindfulness is just about deliberately paying attention to what is happening right now (the present moment) with some curiosity and kindness along with an accepting mentality.

Something to bear in mind now that you’ve started on your mindfulness journey is that if you become more mindful you will almost definitely have better general well-being and become happier to some degree. Not only that, as you are become happier, the people around you and those you interact with will also see the benefits and will likely be a bit happier too, especially when around you. And we all know that on the whole human beings prefer to be around happy people over unhappy people.

Meaning

Mindfulness

Noun | Mind – ful – ness

  1. State or quality of being mindful
  2. The practice of a non-judgemental state or awareness of one’s feelings, emotions, thoughts and experiences in the present moment

Mindfulness has been around for centuries and is found in ancient cultures from all parts of the world. Mindfulness translates from an ancient Buddhist term Sati which means awareness of things and their relationship to other things which provides an awareness of their value. How much value do you place on your time and experiences?

Practicing mindfulness is about being in and experiencing the present moment, as this moment is the only time that is actually real. The past exists only inside your head inside your memory and the future exists only inside your head inside your imagination. So the only moment we all truly have is this moment right now. The present moment is the only time where you can live, make decisions, think, take actions and live your life. Mindfulness is all about understanding this and spending less time inside your head and much more time experiencing the present moment itself which will in turn lead to a calmer, kinder and more fulfilled existence for yourself and others around you.

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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