Have you ever missed an exit on a highway …
Have you ever looked for your glasses but found yourself wearing them …
Have you ever thought that you have lost your keys and realized they are in your pocket …
Because your mind is so preoccupied with something else that you overlook a task at hand?

Every day after you wake up in the morning, when would you become aware of your surroundings? Too often, we are on autopilot without realizing it. We brush our teeth, do the dishes, take a shower, and drive on autopilot. Without being trained, our mind will travel at the speed of light to the past and the future, ruminating about “would have,” “should haves,” and “could haves” or anticipating what is going to happen. But little do you know that the present is where we create the future.

The here-in-now is when we could cherish beautiful moments shared with our loved ones, hear our child’s laughter, taste flavorful food, feel the breeze in the air, and smell the scent of flowers. What have you missed out on by “not” staying in the here-in-now?

Mindfulness practice is a useful tool to lower your stress level, improve sleep, increase concentration, and address anxiety, panic disorder, and depressive symptoms. Being mindful is a simple task that can be done with almost every movement. Imagine an “observer” inside of you.