Lesson 3 – So What Is Mindfulness?

So What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is simple – although it is not easy. If you were told it’s just paying attention, you’d probably think you’ve done it all your life. And yet…

How much time do you spend being truly engaged with what you are doing, or thinking, or hearing? Are you aware of the steering wheel when you drive? Are you aware of your steps when you walk? Are you aware of each morsel you put in your mouth?

The opposite of mindfulness is autopilot, and we generally spend more time in that mode than we realise. Autopilot is especially dangerous if you’re prone to depression or anxiety – and even if you are not, it takes away sizeable chunks of your conscious experience of life. Of course, it has a place! But we can reclaim a choice of how and when to use it.