According to Psychology Today, when you’re mindful you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance while staying focused on purpose without judgement of experiences being either good or bad.

Mindfulness helps you to observe your thoughts and feelings.  It might include using all of your five senses to help you be aware and help you stay alert to what is happening around you and to you.  Mindfulness is about being present.

When are we not mindful?

Many of us operate on autopilot with our daily routines and usual surroundings not noticing what is really going on around us.

One example – Watching the footy on television can have us eating popcorn robotically without us even noticing how much we are actually consuming.

It is in those situations that we are not present.  We can even drive our cars on autopilot when we’re focussed on other things.

Being mindful would mean that we would notice everything.  It’s about being alert to everything that is going on around us and within us physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Worrying about the past or the future can be counterproductive and even cause some of us to lose sleep.

Mindfulness in Therapy

Particularly useful for those who would disassociate from their present environment and is used in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the treatment of depression.    Generally used for preventing relapses of depression, mindfulness and mindfulness meditation can teach a  person to be mindful of every thought & teach them to also tolerate the thoughts without responding or reacting to them.

It can help reduce stress with relaxation techniques that can be used in part as a treatment.  It can help people bring their focus back to the present to keep them present.

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Sources:

Psychology Today:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness

Wikkipedia:

Mindfulness in cognitive behavioural therapy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness-based_cognitive_therapy