Mindfulness is one of those things that is tricky to put into words. We like to think that being mindful is a bit like playing hide and seek… the part that when you are hiding, listening to someone counting down and then coming to find you! At that moment you are aware of the sounds around you, looking out for the person coming, feeling your heartbeat in your chest and experiencing each moment as it unfolds. You are not wanting to change anything about that moment or judging what is happening; at that moment you are fully present. This is being mindful.
The practice of Mindfulness Meditation teaches us how to spend more time in the present moment, aware of what is actually happening rather than getting lost in the stories in our head which means we can feel less anxious or stressed and begin to appreciate the moments we have.
Mindfulness in the words of teachers that we enjoy learning from –
Mindfulness shows us what is happening in our bodies, our emotions, our minds, and in the world. Through mindfulness, we avoid harming ourselves and others.Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.Jon Kabat Zinn
Meditation is having a full-blooded, authentic experience of ourselves as we are, being able to observe ourselves and accepting everything, absolutely everything about ourselves.Suryacitta Malcolm Smith
Attention or awareness is the secret of life and the heart of the practice…. Every moment in life is absolute in itself, that’s all there is. Things are always just as they are.Charlotte Joko Beck