“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” —Sylvia Boorstein
Mindfulness has become a catchphrase that promises well-being to those who consciously practice being present in every moment as it unfolds. And it’s true, there are many benefits to being mindful.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of mindfulness is, “The practice of maintaining a non-judgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
Recently I found just how useful mindfulness can be when problem solving. Mindfulness connects you to the “now,” and when you’re mindfully present you’re less likely to get bogged down with over-analyzing whatever issue you’re facing.
At an event I was working, there were several glitches, from not having name badge holders for registration, to a team member not showing up on time to fulfill their duties. It was easy to get triggered. I found myself running through all the scenarios about what went wrong and why.
But you know what?
My thoughts were like a runaway train searching for a solution to the immediate problem on all the wrong tracks.
I caught myself getting caught up with all the whys, whos, and whats, so I refocused on being present with what was. This quieted my mind, my thoughts settled down, and the solutions for what needed to happen came forward. I saw firsthand how being present with “whatever is” when issues arise will support you in finding the solution you need—efficiently and, best of all, without a lot of drama.