The word mindfulness is used as a term to point to an inherent capacity to be aware and present. Our mind in its ordinary way is usually preoccupied with the past or with making plans for the future. Most people are rarely fully present, because it means being fully aware of what is happening at this moment and letting things happen. Mindfulness stands for the ability to be open and allowing to experience. Mindfulness is awareness of feelings, emotions, sensations, and thoughts.
Mindfulness is not to be misunderstood as controlling one's inner sensations, or experiences. It is rather used as a practice and training of the mind to be with one's immediate experience as well as to be fully present in what one is doing or experiencing.
The word "mind" is often not just referring to the thinking and mental processes, it is more used in a sense that it encompasses thinking, feeling, and being. The whole field of experience is often referred to as “mind” in the term mindfulness.
When we develop mindfulness it helps us to become more and more conscious of the deeper presence and awareness we already are. To be mindful is to allow the simplicity and uncomplicatedness of the moment, and to alleviate the stress of believing we have to be more or be somewhere else. Mindfulness helps us settle into the moment, gives us room to breathe, look at things more objectively and trust that there is a deeper reality than the surface level of our thoughts and feelings.
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