It’s not just yogis and gurus who benefit from quiet time dedicated to focusing on the present moment; elite athletes and corporate strivers alike practice meditation for its performance benefits.
Mindfulness is the aspect of the Eightfold Path that has received the most attention in the West. It is the distinctive attentional strategy of Buddhism and has found acceptance in a variety of fields ranging from business to basketball to psychotherapy.
The key is to know how to relax and practice stress-relieving activities when natural breaks between scheduled pursuits permit. There are a variety of methods for doing this.
Today everything is advertised as “mindful,” from cashews to dating websites, music lessons to running techniques, diets (of course) and sexual pleasure guides.
Mindfulness is both a set of skills and an orientation to life that involves maintaining open attention on whatever is happening in the present moment and bringing an attitude of acceptance and openness to whatever is going on internally or externally.