If you notice you have unease, anxiety, tension, stress or worry in your life – start to notice that your mind is not in the present moment in such moments.
When I describe mindfulness to people, I start by giving the common definition, as per Jon Kabat-Zinn, which is this:
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose,
in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to things as they are.
But then I see a sea of confused faces looking at me, so I then say:
“And why would you care to learn and practice mindfulness? Because when you are present, that means you’re not thinking about the future or the past, so you learn to create a better experience of life.”
Here is a wonderful reminder from Eckhart Tolle:
Mindfulness and meditation are called a ‘practices’ because they take practice, you may not think you’re getting it right, and they do take some effort. Definitely worthwhile.
Have a wonderful day,
~Wendy Quan, of The Calm Monkey