Mindfulness has become a buzz word in recent times. Lots of people are talking about it and this leaves the rest of us wondering what on earth it is. As children we are often told to be careful, usually in a less than positive tone, when we are about to do something that perhaps we shouldn’t. To take care - don’t injure yourself or others, or make a mess! Yes, we know what it is to be careful. So what then does it mean to be mindful, a direction we seldom give to children, though perhaps should? To be full of mind is a slightly less obvious concept, it does not mean being jam packed with knowledge or highly intellectual.
It relates to paying attention to what we do, to have presence of mind. To live in such a way as to concentrate fully on the task at hand. Simple, right? Yes it can be, for five minutes or so while we give concentrating our full attention. However to live a mindful life can be more difficult than it appears at first but with the attractive benefits which can arise, it can be a worthwhile practice to try out.