Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.(Jon Kabat-Zinn)
Through mindfulness you will be able to take better care of yourself, exploring the connection between mind and body, as well as enabling you to access your own inner sources of strength. The process of being mindful involves paying close attention to whatever is happening in your life with a sense of interest and curiosity, letting go of judgmental and critical thoughts. It is not more and not less than trying to live in the present moment. Most of the time we are thinking about the past or worrying about the future, rather than experiencing what is occurring in our lives as it is happening. Paying attention to the here and now, noticing sensations as they occur, such as the feeling of the sun against your skin, and being aware of how you are feeling in each moment are some examples of living mindfully.
At CHAUTARA we try to approach this state of mindfulness through yoga, silent meditations, and passion work (finding our life-passion and working/playing with it).