Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment.
Mindfull vs Mindful
For example, suppose you are going for a walk in the park. You may be with a friend or by yourself. If you are thinking about bills to pay, or the work to do, the house to clean, what you are going to have for dinner, you are being mindfull. If you are being mindful, you will acknowledge the trees in the environment, notice the feeling or sounds when walking on the grass, perhaps dogs playing with their owners, etc.
When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Practicing mindfulness can involve breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.