By Rebecca Carlson,
Would you like to be able to maintain your focus longer, work more efficiently, be more relaxed, or be more engaged in day to day life? These are just some of the benefits that can come from the practice of mindfulness.
So, what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness teaches us to focus our attention on the present. Often we get caught up in thoughts about future events or tasks, and likewise we can sometimes find ourselves dwelling on moments of the past. These thoughts pull our attention away from what we are doing in the present moment, and can increase our feelings of stress or worry, or influence our mood and motivation.
Our attention naturally wanders, sometimes we are aware of it, and other times we are not. Take for example reading these few sentences on mindfulness. Have you noticed how many times your mind has shifted to other things? Mindfulness teaches us to take notice of these times, to notice when our thoughts shift away from the task at hand, and gently pull our focus back to the present moment.