‘The basic human ability to be fully present, to be aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not over reactive or be overwhelmed by what’s going on around us’. There are many definitions on what Mindfulness is but for me ‘Daniel J. Siegel’ sums it up beautifully;
“Mindfulness in its most general sense is about waking up from a life on automatic, and being sensitive to novelty in our everyday experiences. With mindful awareness, the flow of energy and information that is our mind enters our conscious attention and we can both appreciate its contents and come to regulate its flow in a new way.
Mindful awareness, as we will see, actually involves more than just simply being aware: It involves being aware of aspects of the mind itself. Instead of being on automatic and mindless, mindfulness helps us awaken, and by reflecting on the mind we are enabled to make choices and thus change becomes possible.”
There are two parts of mindfulness, the first is the formal practice of meditation, whether walking, standing, sitting or even lying down and then the informal which is being fully aware of what we do in daily life for the rest of our lives.