What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness, according to Psychology Today, is defined as a state of active, open attention to the present. Instead of suppressing or ignoring your feelings, you acknowledge them and accept them. It is a state of being conscious and aware of the present moment and can be a very therapeutic practice.
There are many ways to get started on your mindfulness journey. Because of its increasing popularity, mindfulness classes can be found in person and online. You can also check out one of many books on the subject to better your understanding of what mindfulness is. Just like yoga and meditation, mindfulness is a practice and does not have a set beginning and end, so be prepared to continue exploring and challenging yourself throughout your mindfulness studies.
A favorite author on the subject of mindfulness is Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen master, who has written many books on mindfulness specifically as well as Buddhism, meditation, and many other topics. You can find his books here: Thich Nhat Hanh. You can also keep an eye out on Facebook or Meetup for local mindfulness meeting groups and classes.
Explore your local library, join a local group, and just dive in! Share your experiences with us on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #IWmindfulness.