Mindfulness is the chosen capacity to be fully present in the moment in which you are living. All too often we spend our waking thought life engaged in thinking about the past or the future. Very rarely are we 100 percent present with ourselves and our surroundings in any given moment. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings and acknowledge them without judging them as good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living and experiencing in the moment.
Do you remember when television stations would sign-off at midnight? Today we live in a society where we are given the capacities to be plugged-in to the global community 24 hours 7 days a week if we choose. What is so beneficial about living in the moment? Research has shown that mindfulness increases overall well-being. Because our bodies, minds and emotions are inter-connected, physical difficulties, emotional concerns, and mental challenges all contribute to one another.
Benefits to Mindful Living:
- Increased self-awareness, self-trust, and self-acceptance
- Enhanced appreciation of life
- Serenity in the face of difficulties
- More accepting attitude toward life and its challenges
- More fluid adaptation to change and development of more effective coping strategies
- Lasting decreases in a variety of stress-related physical symptoms
- Significant decreases in anxiety and depression
- Improved concentration and creativity
- Improved immune system functioning
- Strengthen positive brain states
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, recounts her experiences of a friend’s exuberant expressions. While visiting a beautiful place, Gilbert’s friend exclaims in near panic, “It’s so beautiful here! I want to come back here someday!” “It takes all my persuasive powers,” writes Gilbert, “to try to convince her that she is already here.”