Our minds are often dominated by automatic thoughts. As we drive to work in the morning we often have no recollection of the journey because we are lost in thought. We don’t notice that the blossom is coming on the trees or that there is a new shop open on the high street. Often these automatic thoughts are negative and are about an event in the past or the future. We are missing the present moment, the only moment that truly exists. Being mindful is simply being fully aware of the present moment experience.
We don’t need to sit in an uncomfortable position for prolonged lengths of time or join a cult to practice mindfulness. We just need to stay present in the moment and notice where our attention wanders too and gently bring it back. We can look at our thoughts rather than from them and in this way creat some space between our experiences and our reactions.