Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally (Jon Kabat Zinn).
Another way to look at it is being aware of what’s going on on the outside and the inside, moment by moment, without having to judge your experience. And, if you do judge, being aware of yourself judging!
People often wonder why this paying attention is this so important. Well, you can’t live your life in the minute that’s just passed or the one you’re waiting for. But you can experience ‘now’.
We can experience our senses now
We all get lost in thought and daydream, and being able to think about and plan our future is just one of the reasons the human species is so successful. However, when we are caught up in thoughts about the past that cause us pain, or we’re off in the future worrying about what we think might happen, this kind of rumination and catastrophising can be highly emotionally damaging and lead to depression and anxiety.
I’m Karen Asprey, a Mindfulness Teacher and Therapist.
I like self-compassion.