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Mindfulness is about being completely in touch with the present moment and being open to experiences as they come along. It is taking things as they are, in a non-evaluative and non-judgemetal approach, allowing thoughts to just be thoughts rather than evaluating them as being positive or negative.
Skills of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is made up of a number of skills, all of which require practice. These skills are briefly described below:
Mindfulness takes practice. Some people may put aside time to formally practice mindfulness, such as devoting time to practice mindful awareness of their breath or thoughts. However, the good thing about mindfulness is that you can also practice it at any point throughout your day. For example, you can bring mindfulness awareness to a number of activities that we often do without thinking, such as eating, washing dishes, cooking, taking a shower or bath, walking, driving in the car, or listening to music.
As you go about your day, try to find as many opportunities as you can to practice mindfulness. The more you practice, the easier it will become to bring mindful awareness to your life experiences.
Click on the links for some mindfulness exercises
For More informaiton go to Act Mindfully
Another useful resource and downloadable app is Smiling Mind
1. Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2008). Mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral therapies in practice. New York, NY: Guilford.