Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from purposeful, non-judgmental attention, exerted at in the present moment. We can then intentionally sustain that attention, to the best of our ability (Kabat-Zinn and Kabat-Zinn, 2014)
In other words, mindfulness means paying attention to what is going on now, both within us and around us, with kindness and curiosity. However, mindfulness is not just simple attention; it is connected to the heart.
When you start paying attention in a mindful way, your relationship with the world changes, you see more, and you see more deeply. “Knowing what you are doing while you are doing it is the essence of the mindfulness practice” (Kabat-Zinn, 2004).
Research show that mindfulness can help you with:
- Getting to know yourself better
- Be more in charge
- Act more thoughtfully and less impulsively
- Reduce stress and increase well-being
- Increase good relationship to yourself and others
- Developing your brain more