Mindfulness is the practice of being present with open curiosity and non-judgment. It involves actively focusing on thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the environment. Originating from Buddhist traditions, mindfulness is now popular as a secular practice for mental well-being.
Techniques like meditation and breathing exercises develop awareness skills. Benefits include stress reduction, emotional well-being, improved focus, self-awareness, and better relationships.
Mindfulness requires practice and isn’t about emptying the mind but accepting experiences. Structured programs or guidance from teachers can aid in learning mindfulness.