These days, it seems that everyone is talking about mindfulness—from celebrities to yoga teachers and even college professors. Heck, even your parents and grandparents are getting in on the practice. But beyond the buzzword—and mindfulness and the vast industry it has created certainly is buzzy—you might be wondering: What is mindfulness, exactly?
Mindfulness is defined as a state of being where you are acutely tuned into your body and the world around you. Instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on past actions, you are focused solely on remaining in the present moment. Additionally, rather than judging or diminishing thoughts, feelings, or sensations throughout your body, you accept and acknowledge them in a non-judgmental manner.
If you’re wondering how you can remain mindful in today’s fast-paced world, take a pause. In many ways, mindfulness comes naturally—just think of when you get caught up in a song, engage in a deep conversation with a friend, or play with your kids or pet. Those are all practices in mindfulness. But if you want to delve deeper, and flex your mindfulness muscle so it’s ready when you need it, read on.