Learning to be mindful and aware can do wonders for your well-being in all areas of life – walking to work, eating meals and in relationships.
It helps us get in tune with our feelings and steers us away from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.
Being more engaged in the present moment can lead to a richer experience of life which might otherwise pass us by while we’re wrapped up in thoughts about the past or restlessly thinking about what to do next. For example, notice the leaves dancing on a tree, a bird soaring in the wind, the smell of new blossom, the color of the sky or the smile on the face of someone as they pass by. When we become more mindful, we are likely to be surprised at how pleasurable and calming being in the present moment is.
To be mindful isn’t mystical and it has been practiced across different cultures for millennia. Forms of it can be found in all the major faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Islam and of course, Buddhism. Mindfulness does not require any form of religious faith or belief – it is available to all.