Live in the Moment: Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Are you familiar with the term mindfulness?  Also known as mediation, mindfulness is the ability to be aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, emotions and physical sensations.  This awareness is done in the moment in the absence of self-criticism.  Perhaps there have been times in your life where some one has said ‘be in the here-and-now’ or ‘live in the moment’.  They are really telling you to be mindful!

Ponder some of these questions- if you answer yes to any of them you may be struggling with the ability to be mindful:

  • While driving do you get lost and forget where you were going?
  • When you are having a converstaion with some one are you thinking about other things you need to be doing?
  • While reading a book you find your mind drifts off to other topics?
  • Do you forget where you put things seconds after walking away?

Learning the art of mindfulness will help you to be more present in the here-and-now.  It will help you focus on one thing at a time, soothe difficult emotions and identify and release judgmental thoughts.

Here is a simple technique to try and see if mindfulness is a solution for you.  Set a stopwatch for one minute, set the clock and put it to the side.  Spend the next minutes simply being in the moment.  After the minute is up take note of your thoughts, feelings and behaviors during that minute.  Did time go by quickly or slowly? Would you be able to add minutes if asked to?  Think about what the result of this exercise means to you.  The ability to be mindful can have a postive benefit on the mind, body and soul.

As Ernest Hemingway says,

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat and when you sleep, really sleep.

Try as much as possibly to be wholly alive with all your might and when you laugh, really laugh.

And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive.”