Despite the fact that there is no uniform approach to being mindful, it is generally accepted to mean the practice of being more present in the moment. Whether this means avoiding the distractions of modern life, lowering work pressures or simply not worrying about the future so much, it would all count. The benefits of being mindful have been written about and studied for many centuries in both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Western forms of mindfulness borrow heavily from these traditions, but some practices differ, which leads some people to think that something has been lost in the process.
When people focus on the here and now, they tend to make better decisions, not just for themselves but for everyone around them. Various methods are used to get into the right state of mind for this to work, the most common one being meditation. Given that people's success
with meditation can vary greatly from individual to individual, it is important to bear in mind that there are lots of different techniques available to help with this. None is right, and none is wrong. Some are simply more suited to certain individuals than others. To some, it is working out which ones work best that is all part of being more mindful in the first place. It is worth trying them because the benefits of taking a more mindful approach can be widespread, impacting on many aspects of our lives.