What is "mindfulness" anyway?

When I took my first yoga class, I thought "how can you even wrap your mind around that?" I was solely interested in doing power yoga and I really didn’t care. But as my journey into yoga has continued I have personally become appreciative of the word mindfulness and what it represents.

Mindfulness is being aware of everything around you at any time, at any place. I was

backpacking recently with my husband and my mind was racing about all the things I had to do when I got home from my backtracking trip. How silly is that? I began to reign my mind in, and call attention to my breath, becoming aware of all the things around me. Noticing the beautiful moss carpet beneath my feet, the beautiful lush green ferns and trees around me. And simply put, that’s what mindfulness is. It’s staying in the present moment not letting your thoughts take over your mind.

When was the last time that you were having a conversation with someone – perhaps a

family member or someone who meant a lot to you-and found your mind wandering to other

subjects and tasks instead of staying focused on that person and the conversation at hand? In that situation mindfulness would be pulling your mind back into the present and paying attention to what was being said. Simply taking everything in about that moment.

In this world of technology and electronics, I am often inundated with sounds, beeps and

things to answer and do. I think in this world we have a great opportunity to practice being

present and paying attention to everything that is happening around us. So next time you find your mind wandering and you want to be present, take five deep breaths and pull yourself back into the situation you’re in. Notice the sights, sounds, and smells around you.


Diane and the blue mountain team

Ringgold, GA

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