Mindful, as described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, is maintaining an awareness of thoughts, feelings, and sensations within a surrounding environment. He simplifies this by saying, “It’s knowing what’s on your mind.” I think we can all agree that we know what is on our mind at a given time, and sometimes these thoughts are more gratifying than others. The words non-judgemental, presence, and purpose are often linked as well.
Merriam Webster defines moment as a brief period of time. A second definition of moment, which in my opinion may be more significant than the first, is simply “important.”
As we look to define a “Mindful Moment”, a phrase we are beginning to hear more often as society looks for holistic approaches to reducing stress and finding our greatest intentions, I created my own homemade definition of a Mindful Moment:
A brief moment in time where we experience what is truly important.
On my own journey, I have found that taking moments to focus on thoughts, cultivating the good ones and tossing the bad ones, has improved my overall well being. When juggling a job, family, volunteer work, and other pursuits, I find myself spread thin all too often. Rather than spending time worrying about any (or all!) of these things, I find so much more contentment by trying to appreciate each of these privileges. So next time you walk in the door with your hands full and chaos quickly ensues, stop, find some beauty in that moment (even if you have to look really, really hard) and enjoy your mindful moment.