What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a mental state characterized by being fully present and engaged in the current moment, without judgment or distraction. It involves paying deliberate attention to your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding environment. The practice of mindfulness is often associated with meditation and contemplative exercises, but it extends to being aware in everyday activities.

Key elements of mindfulness include:

Mindfulness is rooted in ancient contemplative traditions, particularly Buddhism, but it has gained popularity in the modern world as a secular practice with applications in psychology, healthcare, education, and more. Mindfulness techniques are often incorporated into interventions like Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).