Mindfulness at its roots is a Buddhist practice. In the last few years, mindfulness has become quite a popular topic in the West. The original wisdom of this practice has been lost in many respects. It has become associated with ‘living in the moment’ and ‘feeling’ and becoming focused.
Mindfulness is the practice of becoming acquainted with one’s own mind. It is knowing what is arising in the mind at any given time. As the mind becomes stronger through the practice of meditation, awareness is developed. This awareness can lead to a decrease in stress, anxiety and suffering.
True mindfulness means to know what you are feeling and to know the state of the mind in any given moment. It means to not attempt to fix any of these states but to merely notice them. In time, when practiced regularly, the states disappear and one can see their impermanence.