The ancient and modern way of experiencing life fully
Your own attention right now is just that, uncontrived natural clarity, bright uninterrupted intelligence.
Everything that was ever discovered, imagined, painted, sculpted, or invented, was contained within someone's attention. Attention can contain a thought, an emotion, a book, a person, an idea, a star, a galaxy, a black hole at the center of a galaxy, everything, anything, or even the absence of anything.
Mindfulness is the continuous focus of our attention on the present experience with an attitude of non-judgment and non-grasping.
Our mind is like a muscle, so when we focus for prolonged periods with intensity, our focus is enhanced, and our mind becomes stronger with mindfulness practice. Scientific studies show that regions of our brain grow in density as a result of mindfulness practice according to Hölzel et al., (2011). Psychiatry Res. 2011 January 30. You can read more about it here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/
Mindfulness increases our resilience to stress, the muscle of our mind becomes sturdier, resistance to shocks and hits grows, and our mind will feel less intensity from aftershocks. Mindfulness helps us recover faster from unpleasant experiences.
Mindfulness helps us manage our thoughts and emotions, we are no longer lost in thoughts and emotions, and we are in the driver’s seat observing them and managing them.
Mindfulness is effective at treating anxiety and depression according to, Hofmann SG, Sawyer AT, Witt AA, Oh D. The effect of mindfulness-based therapy on anxiety and depression: A meta-analytic review. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2010 Apr.
Mindfulness decreases burnout based on research by Goodman MJ, Schorling JB.
Mindfulness increases our concentration, the only general transferable skill that enhances all cognitive and physical abilities, making us better at everything and anything we put our minds towards.
Mindfulness helps us focus on the most important thing in the universe, this moment, right now, the only time when our life can be lived, the continuous present moment.