Often we are so preoccupied with what we have just been doing, or what we have to do next, that we forget to take notice of the present moment. It can be easy to get stuck in our heads and not pay much attention to what is surrounding us in the here and now.
Mindfulness involves noticing the thoughts, sounds, or sensations (e.g. the breath) within the present moment, without attaching any judgment or interpretation to these. By practicing mindfulness it is possible to learn how to observe thoughts and feelings in an objective manner, rather than reacting to them and letting them become overwhelming. It also becomes possible to understand which of our thoughts are rational and based on facts, and which thoughts are irrational, and based on our interpretations. Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and at any time. For example while out for a walk or carrying out chores you could pay attention to the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations that you encounter. When practiced in the workplace Mindfulness can have a number of benefits such as enhancing performance, improving concentration, increasing resilience, and reducing stress.
Mindfulness can also aid digestion, lead to better quality sleep, and help to relieve the symptoms of depression.
After practicing Mindfulness you are likely to feel more positive and optimistic about life. You can also expect to feel more in control of your thoughts and emotions, and have an increased awareness of how these can drive your behavior.