Mindfulness is the practice of learning how to meet the present moment fully, with friendliness and without judgment. It is a courageous and loving way of life based on being with experience as it comes and goes, with wakefulness and balance.
We distinguish between two kinds of practices: formal and informal. Formal practice requires us to stop all activity and to choose a specific object of attention to help us develop more awareness of what’s actually going on in the mind and body in the present moment. For example, we can choose to focus on our breath, bodily sensations, sounds while sitting, walking, or lying down, and we’re doing nothing else during that time. In contrast, informal practice requires us to use all of our senses to pay attention to whatever activity we are already engaged in at any given moment, whether it's driving, talking, typing, running, or washing dishes.
Thousands of exciting scientific research studies have proven what mindfulness practitioners have long known: that when we live in this moment, which is the only moment we actually have, our life becomes infinitely richer and our health and wellbeing improve.