Mindfulness is an invaluable tool to have at your disposal for keeping in the present and being aware of your own being, your existence. It's more like a journey rather than a lesson as you are continually discovering new things and learning more about yourself each time you practice.
It is particularly helpful if you are subject to becoming stressed easily by overwhelming thoughts and emotions. If you focus too much on the past or think too much about the future then it can help to ground you and to manage these thoughts and feelings in a more rational way.
It will aid an understanding of your emotions, surroundings and actions.
I like how the Action for Happiness website sums it up:
"Ever felt there must be more to life? Well good news, there is! And it's right here in front of us. We just need to stop and take notice. Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life - like our walk to work, the way we eat or our relationships. It helps us get in tune with our feelings and stops us dwelling on the past or worrying about the future - so we get more out of the day-to-day. "
There are plenty of Mindfulness courses available, but there is also a multitude of resources available online.
To get started with practicing Mindfulness, try the three minute breathing space exercise HERE.
Useful links for more information and resources on Mindfulness are listed below:
2. Action for Happiness - A guide on how to bring Mindfulness into your everyday life.
3. Headspace - Meditation podcasts for you to download.
4. Mindful - A collection of articles and online resources. Grasp the basics.
5. MindfulnessInfo - A guide to Mindfulness meditation with nine exercises.