This practice was something I came across when looking for ways to deal with anxiety and panic.
It really is like the “stop and smell the roses” which we all know is good for us. Mindfulness is being in the present. The future has not yet happened and the pass is in the past. So, we only live in the present. We worry about things that could happen in the future or agonize about things that happened in the past that we should have done differently. Mindfulness shows us that we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future and we can’t change things that happened in the past.
In our busy lives we don’t slow down enough to be in the present. Learning how to be mindful is taking the time to stop, take a deep breath, exhale and look around. What do you see? How do you feel? What do you smell?
There are other wonderful times to be in the present, stopping to admire a sunset, watching our children play, watching a puppy being silly, meditation, walking in nature, listening to music and taking time for yourself.
Have a mindful day.