One might say there has been a mindfulness revolution that has been occurring over the past few years. Mindfulness practice is being taught to United States marines pre-deployment and mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques are being taught in schools, hospitals, medical schools, and medical centres across the U.S.
When we are being mindful or practicing mindfulness, we are living in the present moment. We are not judging people, things, or experiences as good or bad; rather, we are noticing the emotions and thoughts that come up, breathing into that awareness, and simply being aware of where we are choosing to focus our attention.
Mindfulness is an intentional focus on awareness. It has its origins in ancient and present Buddhism, yet today it is practiced throughout the world, bridging religion sand cultures as away of paying attention and being present.