Mindfulness is awareness of what is happening right now. Mindfulness or attention can be pointed at many different subjects or objects. Emotions, thoughts, talking, listening, physical sensation, relationships, physical performance. But the overall purpose of mindfulness is to develop wisdom and compassion.
Wisdom to see what works and does not work and to make good choices. Compassion for yourself and others. Compassion is not softness; it is kindness meeting life’s difficulties and discomfort. Kindness can be strong, powerful and robust.
We often ignore or deny our discomfort, and this burns up energy that we could use in more positive ways. Developing mindfulness helps us to understand ourselves and our lives more clearly and to find positive ways of living.