Although “being present in a moment” has been a known philosophy for centuries somehow nowadays when the world is changing so fast and we cannot keep up with it anymore we started to look out for simple and primary solutions to it.
Mindfulness became the cure for modern fast life style.
There are a lot of good publications about the topic but I like the definition of Kabat – Zinn who describes as,
“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”
– Paying attention “on purpose” means that we are conscious and aware. The easiest way to picture is when we eat and pay attention to what’s going on in our body, what can we small and taste and that’s mindful. Eating in front of TV and knowing that we are eating but focusing at something else is not.
– In present moment – we stay with our experience so we can create a space of freedom where calmness and contentment can grow.
– Non-judgmentally – the experience is neither good nor bad. We just notice experience and let it go. Whether it’s a pleasant experience or a painful experience we treat it the same way and observe it and create the distance between our emotions.
Mindfulness perfectly tunes in with contemporary need to release the burden of emotions or stress as it reduces tension and causes detachment from our own emotions.
However we should remember that emotions are primal reaction of our body and they allow us to assess the reality quickly and way before we process our thoughts.
In the end it is our choice in what situations we become consciously distanced and in which we are not.
One thought at the end. Mostly thoughts are about the past or future. The past no longer exists. The future is just a fantasy until it happens.
The one moment we actually can experience — the present moment — is the one we seem most to avoid.