The practice of mindfulness is based on the idea that life is best lived in the present moment. Mindfulness calls us to the be right here, right now.
There are several advantages of being in the present moment. We let go of sadness about the past and anxiety about the future because our attention and awareness is focused on The Now — what we emotions we feel in our hearts, the sensations we feel in our bodies, textures we feel from our touch, objects that we see, how food tastes, and what scents we smell. I say that it is like living life in Technocolor because we suddenly are aware of our environment and what lies within us. By practicing this mindfulness skill, known as observe and describe, we notice what is happening right now within us and around us. Research on mindfulness has shown that merely labeling what we feel, see, taste, and smell releases serotonin in our brains, and we begin feeling a sense of calm and well-being.
Practicing mindfulness skills strengthens that neural pathway in our brains — like doing reps lifting weights — so that being present in this moment becomes an automatic response. This helps us to experience the richness of life and also allows us to manage our feelings in the face of stressful situations.