Mindfulness is being present in the moment. One way to practice mindfulness is to focus on one sense or to use all five senses in order to feel fully immersed in the present moment. In any given moment there are sounds, smells, tastes and things to feel or see that help to bring your awareness to what is happening right now. As you focus your mind, calmly acknowledge and accept your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
Focusing on the now can decrease the pain of the past or the worry of the future. Those will still be waiting for you when you come out of your mindful moment, but taking the time to be mindful of the present helps create space to ease the burden of the past or future. It does not take it away; rather, it creates a little room to breathe as you sit with your senses. Taking a moment to breathe and exist in the “right now” may create a different perspective or ease the weight of what has been or what may come. It also helps you fully appreciate and enjoy the present.
For more information on mindfulness, visit Eagle County’s UB.U website www.ubunity.com.