• Dawn Ali

What is Mindfulness

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

There has been a lot of people who have asked me what is mindfulness. So I decided to write about what it means to me and why I teach in mindfulness programs.

What does mindfulness mean?

The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.

Another definition is...

A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment.

Mindfulness to me is focusing your attention on something in the moment. I even wrote an article on Fixing My Focus to show the importance of you magnify what you focus on.

The Word tells us specifically to be mindful.

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is -- his good pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Why is mindfulness needed?

Too often our mind gets pulled to the future causing anxiety or to the past leading to depression. When we can focus our minds in the present there is peace.

Distractions are all around us attempting to steal our attention and focus from the path that God has laid before us.

When we are taken off our purpose we begin to place things above God. Whether that be money, relationships, or personal praise from others.

In my last writing, My Spiritual Journey, I wrote about how my biggest distractions taking me off my spiritual path has been relationships.

Now that I have this awareness I can make sure that I don’t lose who God created me to be in another person.

We know that God is here in this present moment directing our steps along the way but so often we want to lean on the distractions of the past or of the future. Even though all we have is this moment.

Learning how to live in the present moment takes practice. Which is why I began to teach mindfulness. To help others practice focusing their attention on what is here Now. Everything IS what it Is. There is no changing that but we can change our perceptions of what is happening through awareness.

Facilitating mindfulness training in preschools and workplaces has become a way to teach individuals in different spectrums of life how to become quiet and learn to focus their attention.

When you learn to focus your attention the light within you brightens and you begin to grow like branches of a tree. Just like in the Outward Self logo.

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