Mindfulness is being present in the present moment. Whatever you are doing that is exactly what you are paying attention to. Mindfulness is not always happy times and pleasure you can be mindful in pain, when you pay attention to what is happening the anxiety, fear and yes even pain will become less. Mindfulness allows you to be in control of your mind, actions and emotions.
The Buddhist Monks are known for their ability to meditate and control their bodies, mind and spirit. The monks are often studied at the Waisman Center at the Wisconsin University, in Madison Wisconsin. In an old study Monks wrapped themselves in a wet towel and sat in a cave that was 50 degrees and were able to dry the towel. I have no desire to dry towels in caves but being mindful, controlling my breath and using self-hypnosis I can eliminate chronic pain or a bad mood.
Mindfulness can be meditating in the forest but you can be mindful when you are listening to your favorite music, sinking into bed under a warm quilt on a winters night, soaking in a bubble bath or smelling a loaf of bread hot from the oven. Your senses help you become mindful of the moment.
Techniques you can start to practice right now!
I have conducted classes for adults and in a school. If you are interested in the next mindfulness class please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.