Mindfulness is a life discipline for raising awareness of "what is".
It is intentionally bringing awareness to the present moment in a non-judgemental way.
It encourages you to learn from your own experiences by becoming more sensitive to what is going on around you and inside of you.
It helps you to nurture inner peace within, improve concentration and general wellbeing.
Mindfulness is a choice and offers choice. It will not eliminate stress or other difficulties you may encounter.
Core components of mindfulness are:
Attention - what you are choosing to focus on at any one time
Intention - the motives that are driving you
Attitude - towards other people's intentions and motives
Three dimensions of mindfulness are:
Internal dimension- how well relate to ourselves
Relational dimension - how well we relate to other people
Development dimension-how well we relate to our past
When you are aware of unpleasant thoughts and emotions arising due to challenging situations, remembering to be mindful enables you to step back and be in the present moment. In the present moment, you are able to see things in a non-judgemental way.
Being creative of new labels
Embracing new information
Multiple viewpoints considered
Trapped by labels
Acting from a single perspective
Being mindful opens you to see you have choices in how you wish to handle a situation.
You are able to move away from a state of reaction and into a position to respond in a more calm and compassionate way.