“Being present, responding with kindness, seeing deeply.”
Mindfulness is an innate capacity of the mind to be aware of the present moment without judgement.
It is a way of connecting with our true, spontaneous selves.
Mindfulness can be developed through specific practices which promote a way of being that helps us lead healthier lives and also to take better care of ourselves and others.
Through learning to be present we become spontaneous and free rather than controlled and artificial. We stop blocking the natural healing process that exists within all of us.
With practice, mindfulness enables us to act more effectively when stressed, rather than simply ‘reacting’. It increases our ability to be more responsive to our particular circumstances. It enhances a change in attitude towards difficult states of mind from being ‘judgmental’ and ‘controlling’ to being ‘non-judgmental’ and ‘more accepting’.
It increases our spontaneity, creativity, and our ability to relate openly. It helps us to develop compassion and insight. It helps in the development of our ability to recognize, acknowledge and work with difficult states of mind like stress, anxiety or depression in a helpful way. It is extremely effective in dealing with pain and can significantly improve our quality of life.