Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, meaning aware of where we are and what we’re doing. It is having a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body, and environment. It allows us to not be overly reactive or overwhelmed by the situations and circumstances around us while experiencing our thoughts and feelings without judging them. 

Practicing mindfulness can improve your sleep quality, help you focus, foster compassion and self-compassion, enhance relationships, reduce implicit bias, reduce anxiety, depression, and aggression, and help reduce stress. 

A mindful moment is one where you take time to pause, breathe, and process what is happening around you before reacting to it.

Principles include

  • Paying attention to your breathing, especially when experiencing intense emotions
  • Tuning into your physical sensations
  • Recognizing that your thoughts and emotions do not define you

Further reading and resources
Mindful: Free excerises and resources
Provincial Health Services Authority: Extensive list of mindfulness resources
Free Mindfulness Project: Free exercises downloads
Greater Good Magazine: Video explanation
HelpGuide: Benefits and types of Mindfulness