Being mindful is simply being aware of the present moment; fully living and accepting whatever you are experiencing right now. Breathing is a part of each moment of our life and as your breath is always with you, it is a powerful tool, ready to bring you into the present moment at all times. Following your breath can bring you to the present moment while running but also to the mundane moments throughout the day, making each magnificent in its own unique way. You can be mindful of the moment or mindful of your breath in any location or experience but it is helpful to start out by training your mind to be mindful during a meditation.
Breathing is something we can do no matter where we are – but how we go about it can make the world of change
This simple exercise above is mindfulness, is meditation. Simply bringing awareness to your breath brings you to the present moment. The power of bringing awareness to my breath has been life changing. It’s my anchor to the present moment, no matter where I am or what I am doing, I always have my breath. Being aware of my breath has allowed me to be mindful during difficult situations; for instance, my toddler throwing a temper tantrum in public while I’m trying to comfort a 2month old who’s crying and I’m exhausted having slept two hours last night and I just want to go for a run. My intention is to follow my breath and notice my emotions without judgment or hasty action; it’s tricky and I continue to practice daily.