Oh Mindfulness, what are you?

Have you ever driven to work and you don’t remember how you got there?  Have you ever looked for your glasses and they are on your head?  Have you ever yelled at your kids and then wondered where that came from?  For me, yes, yes, and yes!  We have so much going on in our lives, that we just get lost in thought and our body moves us around like a puppet.  It (the body and mind) moves, and lives, and goes through the motions, not really noticing our surroundings or the emotions that guide us.  Mindfulness helps us to be more self-aware.  It helps us to be more in the moment and be “here”, right now.  It sounds really mundane, maybe even ridiculous, but Mindfulness practices work.  Caveat, you have to practice to see the shift.  So what can you do right now?  Notice that you are reading this.  How do you feel reading this?  What is your mind processing as you read this?  That was a mindful moment.  Notice.  Then notice again.  Nonsense, right?  Be curious about what and why you think what you do?  Are you resentful and dismissive of this idea?  Inquire why?  Without judgement within yourself or for me, just be curious?  What might you find?  Mindfulness helps us to notice feelings.  It helps us to live more in the moment.  It embraces the idea that what you think and feel is just that – thoughts and feelings that you notice.  We, as a society, long for connectivity.  That longing can be found within you.  Then the connectivity happens so naturally with others.  Mindfulness encourages self-awareness and acceptance in a whole new way.