In any moment we find ourselves in — we are our mindset — our perspective through which we view the world.
The overall goal for learning about mindfulness as a practice is to help heighten executive functioning, better communication skills and increase empathy as well as mental and physical health. It’s essentially about being more awake in every moment of your life, fully engaged in what is, with a mindset of friendliness and compassion.
Research shows that when we are not deliberately paying attention to something, our brain clicks off into default mode, which is characterized by mind wandering, operating on “autopilot,” dwelling on the past, and worrying about judgment, criticism and the future.
Mindfulness can help you unhook from these unproductive thought patterns and behaviors, and engage more fully.