What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being fully aware in the present moment purposefully and non-judgmentally.


Meditation
Mindfulness Meditation

In our everyday life, we are often drawn to the big events from the past or the future but it is the little everyday moments—such as eating, getting dressed, working, caring for children, running errands, walking the dog—that make up the majority of our lives. Scientific statistics says that we are spending about 47% of our lifetime with our minds wondering in the past and future moments. It’s easy to get caught up thinking ahead, planning for the future or fantasizing about what may happen. It is just as common to focus on looking back, dwelling on the past, reminiscing, or imagining how we would have done something differently. But in fact, life happens in the present moment. Life is in the pauses, and the in-betweens on the path to somewhere, and in the process of getting things done. Life is now.

In each moment we have the opportunity to be fully present and engaged. We may embrace whatever we are experiencing right now—whether it be joy, sadness, or boredom—with kindness and gratitude. This is life, a miracle in itself. Every breath is a gift. It is a gift to be alive, to be feeling, to be aware. How we are in each moment of life, is our art. Life is a canvas and everyday living is the process of painting the canvas. When we are able to connect to this moment, we have the choice to serve to whatever or whoever is in front of us—to be a gift. Each moment is elevated by simply bringing our presence to the now. This is Mindful living with kindness and gratitude, life is good, even when it is not.

When we are putting aside our true purpose of "being" in the now, celebrating this present moment by simply running with our mind wherever it drives us in the past or in the future, we get exhausted and get easily burnout. And in the process, we change into someone other than who we are. What if we don’t need to change, or do, or be anything other than who we are in this moment? The “answer” and all that we seek is simply being aware of whatever is right here and now. All we need to do is to be fully connected, engaged, and aware in this moment.