Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing our attention on the present moment and accepting it with no judgement. Nowadays it is being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in the pursuit of happiness. People talk over various electronic devices and they urge each other to get contacted at the very moment of the happening.
While mindfulness might sound a little New Age-y to some, the concept has been around for over thousands of years and there is real evidence that being more mindful can enhance just about every aspect of our lives.
It takes practice and patience to become comfortable with mindfulness techniques. If one method does not work, you can simply relax and try another. The key is keeping the mind ‘in the moment’; that means being fully present to what is happening around you.
When we talk about practicing mindfulness, we first need to know something about what is often referred to as the conscious and subconscious aspects of the mind.
To draw an analogy, the mind could be seen as software, with the conscious as the apps that we interact with on the screen and the subconscious as the operating system in the background that controls everything yet that we are unaware of.
The brain, which could be considered here as the hardware, draws in stimulus from our environment and taps it straight into our conscious mind.
The conscious mind is the part that is aware at any given moment of what is happening around us, both inside and outside of us: i.e. our breathing and bodily sensations, the environment, etc.