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Mindfulness is the intentional practice of being fully present moment-by-moment and being aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, where we are and the surrounding environment.

Basics of Mindfulness

  1. Set aside some time. No special equipment is required — just time and space.
  2. Observe the present moment as it is. The goal is not achieving a zen-like state of eternal calm but rather to give attention to the present moment without judgement.
  3. Let your judgements roll by. When we notice judgements arise during our practice, we can make a mental note of them and let them pass.
  4. Return to observing the present moment as it is. We often can get lost as our train of thoughts takes over. That's why mindfulness is the practice of returning again and again to the present moment.
  5. Be kind to your wandering mind. Don't judge yourself for whatever thoughts crop up — just practice recognizing when your mind has wandered off and gently bring it back.