Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to whatever you're experiencing in the present moment. Being mindful means becoming aware of your thoughts, your feelings and emotions, your behaviours, and your senses as you're experiencing them, and simply recognizing them as they are, without judging them.
When you're being mindful, you're not being swept away by thoughts, memories, emotions, worries, fears, plans, daydreams and other distractions. You're mind isn't dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. You're attention is focused on what you're doing and experiencing right now, in the present, as it's happening.
Mindfulness helps you experience whatever is going on in your life without becoming overwhelmed. Rather than struggling to escape, avoid or suppress distressing or painful thoughts, feelings and situations, you're able to experience and survive these difficulties through awareness, understanding and self-compassion.
Mindfulness is becoming increasingly common in counselling and therapy. More and more research continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of mindfulness in helping people deal with a wide range issues including stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder and chronic pain.
I'm a Guelph therapist who'll work with you to find the most effective ways for you to practice mindfulness, and to work mindfulness into your life based on your individual situation and needs.