Being mindful is about being awake and completely present in each moment of our lives - fully engaged in whatever is happening around us and within us. By bringing an attitude of curiosity, acceptance, and friendliness to whatever is experienced, rather than being judgmental and critical, our wellbeing and performance improve, and life becomes richer and more satisfying.
When we are not focused on something specific, our mind tends to wander. It begins to operate on ‘automatic pilot’, and starts scanning for problems in the past and future, often getting caught up in judgment and self-criticism. The brains fear centre (amygdala’) becomes activated which leads to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental and physical health problems.
DEBORAH FARRELL (MCounPsych)