Mindfulness and existentialist writings in an age of anxiety


What is mindfulness?

As someone who has been practicing mindfulness and meditation for several years, I have developed my own definition of mindfulness. Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and in the moment, without dwelling on past events nor conjuring up ideas of a future that hasn't happened nor anything that would pull our attention away from the present moment. More simply put, my one phrase definition of mindfulness is this: Wherever you are, be there. This short phrase is straightforward and elegant mindfulness mantra and definition. Wherever you are, be there. If you are with people or doing something with intentionality, be there. Be there physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. Be wherever you are entirely in that moment.

More for what?

We live in a culture of "more". We want more of everything. More money. More power. More friends. More... The list goes on and on. Do you really think if you had more of this or that you would be happier? The truth is that having more only brings us happiness up to a point.