You may already have some ideas about what mindfulness is, given that it has become quite a buzzword in recent years. Before you go any further, watch this video created by The Open University about what mindfulness is and why we should care about it.
From the video, you will have learned that mindfulness is about focusing on the present moment and accepting your feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. It is something that we can practise in meditation in order to bring that quality more into our everyday lives, and that can help us with emotionally and physically painful experiences. The next section will allow you to experience mindfulness for yourself.