Mindfulness is about paying purposeful attention to anything that you are doing. If you are doing dishes, you could be only going through the motions and thinking about something else, or you could be doing your dishes with full attention to that activity.
In recent years, we've heard a lot about mindfulness and oftentimes it is used as a panacea to cure all ills. I would not suggest that mindfulness or meditation is going to cure all your problems. However, in today's world where we are constantly distracted, we have so many different things grabbing our attention, it's very easy to not pay full attention to anything at all. You can name a number of things that we do in almost an autopilot mode. Mindfulness allows us to learn how to pay full attention to what is at hand.
I am trained in mindfulness and meditation teacher. I'm also trained as a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist. Utilizing my knowledge, training and experience in mindfulness, meditation and yoga, I am able to guide my clients into learning how to use these tools to improve their attention, lower anxiety and become less reactive in difficult situations. The latest scientific research has shown that, when we pay attention to what we are doing, we are able to stop our minds from wandering, obsessing, worrying about things, and the incessant thoughts that enter our minds to just keep our minds busy. In the yoga and meditation world we call this the monkey mind. The monkey mind is always jumping from one thing to the other. For a person who is anxious, this is a futile attempt at trying to control their environment. However, we know that just by thinking about your problems over and over again, it does not solve it. It does not give us relief from the worry and anxiety. In fact, it makes it worse. However, when we practice mindfulness or meditation, we are able to observe what our mind is doing and not get pulled into its dramas. Instead, we are able to keep a little bit of distance from whatever might be going on in our heads and our environment. And, the more we practice it, the easier it gets for us not to get pulled into life's dramas. This does not imply that you don't engage in life. It just means that you don't let every single thing that's happening in your world to topple your happiness and peace.
As a MBSR teacher I'm able to coach clients on practicing mindfulness and meditation in their daily lives in order to gain a sense of control and calm in their lives even when things are not always in their control. I would love for you to contact me and see how I can help you learn these techniques to gain some peace and happiness in your life.