Left of its own devices the mind tends to drift over meaningless and repetitive thoughts, most of which are negatively oriented, not just towards others, but towards the self as well.
As the interconnectedness of the world expands at a breakneck speed, the individual is often swept up in the hurricane of distractions, and in a blink the moment of “now “ceases to be.
We live more in the “if” than in the present, endlessly we torment ourselves over events lived through, and ones that are yet to be lived. This process dissects the most important fragment of time into nothingness, i.e. the present. This is where mindfulness comes in.
It is a method of paying attention to the moment, to listen to the call of the bird as it wings its way through the sky, to admire the process of breathing, to slow down and truly live.
When faced by adverse situations, our gut instinct cries out for a reaction fueled by emotion, which perhaps could lead to a heated argument with a discourteous neighbour or acquaintance. Mindfulness is exercising control over spontaneous reactions, and advocates practicing compassion with our fellow beings, and to the self.
The benefits of mindfulness are extensive – improved energy levels, stress and anger management, lowered rates of depression, and the technique also imparts an overall positive impact on the health of the practioner – the choice between mindful lies withhin you.