As you know, we are called ourselves Mindfulness Matters, and yet it has occurred to us that we
have taken for granted that everyone knows the definition of mindfulness. So, today we are going to
begin to unpack the definition of mindfulness and how we differentiate the ideas of being
mindful and mind full.
Mindfulness is defined as the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the
emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment. They key words here for us, are
accepting and non-judgmental. When we are being mindful we are simply activating our awareness to
our surroundings and how we feel and think within them. We are not applying an opinion or a label to
these sensations, but rather just acknowledging them and understanding their place within this given
moment. This can be hard to do! We are so accustomed to labeling everything but instead of judging our every move, we need to simply acknowledge our reality and be accepting of it.
In contrast, mind full refers to the mind that is full of thoughts, emotions, activities, deadlines, priorities,
budgets and everything else in between that was done yesterday, that needs to be done tomorrow
and that will never get done by the end of the year. Being mind full is normal and it is not inherently
negative. We all live lives that are full of various different activities and priorities, which is great. Sometimes they can overwhelm us and cause us to lose sight of the beauty and joy in the present moment. By learning to be mindful, we can manage our busy lifestyles in a more calm and peaceful way. And, like everything else, it is a practice and it takes time, so don’t judge yourself, just work on yourself.
We are so excited because we are participating in Oprah & Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Experience which began on November 3rd. You can jump in any time and join us for a free 3 week journey learning the principles of meditation with the goal of creating more inner peace and well-being, and of course Mindfulness.
We wish you a beautiful day, Namaste.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.