Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment, and to accept it without judgement. Mindfulness has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness, it helps to shift your thoughts away from your usual preoccupations toward an appreciation of the moment and a larger perspective on life.
Mindfulness practices can help us to increase our ability to regulate emotions, decrease stress, anxiety and depression. It can also help us to focus our attention, as well as to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment.
It has become increasingly common for mindfulness meditation to be combined with psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy. This is conducive since both meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy share the common goal of helping people gain perspective on irrational, maladaptive, and self-defeating thoughts.
Experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping individuals to accept their experiences—including painful emotions—rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance.
Mindfulness meditation requires you to:
Mindfulness meditation builds upon concentration practices.
Above all, mindfulness practice involves accepting whatever arises in your awareness at each moment. It involves being kind and forgiving toward yourself.
By practicing accepting your experience during meditation, it becomes easier to accept whatever comes your way during the rest of your day.