Mindfulness is a unique way of approaching the world each day. It is a practiced state of awareness of the things that are happening all around us – a practical way to stay present by fully immersing ourselves in the reality of the here and now.
Mindfulness is used in spirituality, psychology, and several other fields of study in which the aim is to center the human mind and calm the body. Most mindfulness practice begins with simple exercises that promote awareness of breath, then an awareness of oneself, then an awareness of other living beings. Over time, the individual is guided to experience life in a new way – a way that feels alive, connected and vibrant.
Awareness is one of the main concepts of mindfulness. The idea is to go beyond basic sensory information and call to mind everything in one’s surroundings. In a sense you become a narrator of your world, taking note of every organic and inorganic thing you interact with; this sort of practiced awareness leads to an understanding that all life is interconnected, and none of us are alone on the path.
Balance is another important component of modern mindfulness practice. By slowing oneself down and paying attention to how the mind operates, we begin to see that many of our thoughts and emotions are extreme in nature. With this insight, and with self-care and patience, we can begin to find the middle road between ego and selflessness, leading to a healthier, happier existence.
Compassion is perhaps the most essential part of why many people choose to adopt mindfulness practice in everyday life. When we practice and become aware of the rich interconnectivity between our own lives and the lives of others, we are able to fully extend our compassionate spirit – because we realize that by helping each other we are really helping ourselves.