Mindfulness is quite a buzz word these days. From corporations to schools, more and more people are experiencing the benefits of simply paying attention to the present moment on purpose...welcoming our present moment experience with kindness. Here's a brief video to explain:
"Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment."
Mindfulness also involves non-judgmental acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them--without believing, for instance, that there's a "right" or "wrong" way to think or feel in any given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, a secular practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years, in part through the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn and his Mindfulness-Based Stresss Reduction (MBSR) program, which he launched at the University of Massachusettes Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physiucal and mental health benefits of mindfulness in gerneral and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers and beyond.
content credit and more information see: Greater Good Science Center