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Have you ever arrived somewhere and then realised you got there on auto pilot? Do you absent mindedly go through the motions of getting things done just so you can tick them off your “to do” list? Mindfulness relates to how “present” or “in the moment” you are at any given time. It’s about becoming aware of what is going on around you, truly taking notice of what people are doing or saying and being fully aware of your actions and thoughts at the time they are happening.
Life can be very busy and it’s easy to lose focus when you try to juggle several different things at any one time. During these times, a surface level awareness kicks in, meaning you know things are happening but if someone questioned you as to what was said or what happened around you, you probably couldn’t tell them specific information. When you increase your mindfulness, you become more aware of the people around you and your surroundings. You also increase awareness of how your actions impact upon your general health and mental well-being on a daily basis. Becoming mindful helps you to identify the areas where you can implement positive changes in your life to become a happier and healthier you.
Being mindful allows you to be true to yourself and experience the emotions and thoughts that go with the situation at hand. By purposefully paying attention, you can really hear what people are saying, develop more satisfying relationships, notice the beauty or changes in your surroundings and generally become more engaged in your own life.