An understanding of how thoughts and feelings influence our behavior has shown us that our worries about the future and past negatively influence our behavior in the present. Mindfulness counters this process by teaching us to focus on the current moment. It was famously described by worldwide mindfulness guru, Jon Kabat-Zinn as “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally, to the unfolding of experience moment to moment.”
Although this description is accurate, you probably think it fails the average person test? It is because it is difficult for one word or phrase to translate an experience as powerful to help you become more focused and less reactive in your behavior. However, the ability to sustain a mindful attitude is incredibly effective in improving one’s own state of mind, as well as helping others achieve positive change and overcome their problems. The mind’s default mode network is the enemy of mindfulness and mindfulness practices are designed to disrupt its influence.
Learn more about the concept and role of the default mode network in the next section.