Mindfulness is a form of self-awareness that I would describe as "being in the moment and accepting things as they are without judgment". Although attention was initially drawn to Buddhist meditation teachings, it has been adapted for use in treating depression and regulating mood and has significant health benefits.
If you are careful, your consciousness is in the moment. You are very aware of yourself and your surroundings, but you just observe these things as they are. This is a form of walking meditation that you can do any time or all the time. You can check the upcoming groups and workshops on mindfulness online.
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Meditation and mindfulness go hand in hand, and practicing one strengthens the other. But unlike other relaxation techniques, mindfulness can be developed to the point where it can be practiced amid stressful situations.
Even if you're careful, you can still stay alert and respond appropriately to situations without going on autopilot and reacting. As you practice mindfulness, you will find that you will accumulate less mental noise as the day progresses.
You will feel calmer and clearer while doing your activities, and when it comes time to practice your daily meditation, you will find that you are calm at first. As a result, it will be easier for you to enter a deep meditative state because you will have less mental confusion to deal with.
Just as practicing mindfulness improves your meditation skills, practicing deep meditation strengthens your ability to be mindful so that you generate less and less mental chatter as the day progresses.