What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being aware of your thoughts, feelings, environment and body sensations in each and every moment.  It is being aware of each of these sensations or activities that is going on internally in your body and in your surroundings.

Mindfulness brings your attention into the current moment and by doing so you then become aware of what is going on internally (your thoughts, body, smells, sounds) and externally (sounds, smells, activities).  It also means that the focus is on the here wooden buddha and Michele Gennoe and On Purpose Consultingand now and not on the past or future.  Mindfulness can be applied to anything from walking, to eating or even breathing.Another part of Mindfulness is that in the present moment the focus is on not judging anything that you observe but only noticing the thoughts, sounds, smells, etc.  The key is to not become attached to what you are observing but to just observe it.  By remaining detached but curious about what is coming up in each moment it is also training your mind about acceptance of what is present in that moment.

Mindfulness developed out of Eastern philosophies including Taoism and Yoga, and in particular Buddhism. It is one of the eight elements of the Noble Eightfold Path which was taught by Buddha and emphasises mental development.  There are three stages to develop mindfulness according to Buddhism which are: focus on the present moment, understanding change and the factors that come with it, and the ability to provide composed attention without bias.

There have been many Western developments of the use of Mindfulness by looking at the mindfulness of the body, emotions and thoughts as tools to reduce stress, increase self-awareness and enhance emotional intelligence.  And with the increasing use of Mindfulness in business, health and wellbeing its uses are set to grow.