Mindfulness and AwarenessBeing the observer
Mindfulness or getting in contact with the present moment and giving it your full attention is a state of being that the individual can develop at any stage of their lives. Mindfulness is always focused on the present and not the past or the future, its being fully aware and accepting, without judgment, of the here and now. Mindfulness is used to help the person get in touch with, and make room for, uncomfortable feelings and emotions as they arise. The person learns to be the observer, to be aware of their thoughts, feelings and emotions and how they are affecting their life choices at any given time.
Practicing mindfulness allows the individual to be more aware of their thoughts, feelings and emotions as they are happening and, without judging, projecting or over analyzing it, sees them as an event rather than something that controls behavior. This allows them to respond rather than react to their situation.
Mindfulness is a technique that we could all benefit from, it’s a great way to bring yourself back on track when you find you are getting hooked on unhelpful thoughts or feelings on a day to day basis. It can be done anywhere, anytime, taking a deep breath, pushing your feet into the ground, being aware of your surrounds and what you are thinking and feeling will bring you into the present moment.
Mindfulness is not about changing the content of the your thoughts, its more about changing the relationship you have with them.