Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition is spot on. It is about paying attention-purposefully and especially without judgement.
When we are in a mindful state, we are being an observer and curious about how we are feeling, what we are thinking and what we are doing.
Being mindful means directing our attention to the experience as it unfolds-instead of thinking of what is on the do list.
Interestingly, when we practice being mindful consistently, it trains us to respond skillfully/appropriately to whatever is happening-positive or negative.
Being mindful, improves our thought processes-keeps us out of the “same ole, same ole” loop of thoughts, as we become more and more conscious of what those thoughts are…and reframe, delete or replace the ones that are leading us astray!
It also improves our feelings and our concern for others.
And, it helps us to be better at what we’re engaged in, i.e. our work, family life, and community.
Additionally, we get to feel calmer and more in charge of our lives, our well being.
Being mindful certainly has lots of benefits, wouldn’t you agree?
What is your experience on having your mind full or being mindful? Please share below!
Now that you are aware of the numerous benefits of mindfulness, start with some easy steps and have it become a more natural way of being.
See “Mindfulness 101!”!