We risk missing the moments of our lives when our attention is constantly being pulled away from the present moment.
“Paying attention, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
This definition points us to three very important words when describing mindfulness:
- Attention – paying attention, noticing, focusing, bringing awareness too
- Intention – doing this on purpose, not leaving it to chance. An intentional practice
- Attitude – in mindfulness this is a non-judgmental attitude, and sense of friendliness toward self
Mindfulness is being with whatever is arising in the moment (whether it is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral) without judging it. Mindfulness is about be present. So often our attention is pulled into something that has already happened (past), or something that has not happened yet (future). Life happens in the present moment! Right here, right now, moment by moment.
What if you had a different way of working with challenges, upsets, emotional reactivity, and life’s natural ups and downs?
What if you were able to hold the upset in awareness – meet it with wise discernment as opposed to reactivity, aversion, distraction, or going into battle with what’s arising?
This is mindfulness! Contact me to learn how to increase awareness in your life! firstname.lastname@example.org