Mindfulness. The current buzzword that you seem to see and hear everywhere. But what does it really mean? Well, the textbook definition is “the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”, but that doesn’t really answer the question or how we achieve it. The term mindfulness was coined in the 1970s by Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of the mindfulness movement in the U.S., who believed that many could benefit from mediation, but chose not to practice it do to the hints of Buddhism that were attached to it. So he chose to use the word ‘mindfulness’ to teach others about the benefits of mediation and defined it as “the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgementally.” This is the definition that resonates most with us-we focus on the present moment for exactly what it is and nothing else, and appreciate it.
After researching mindfulness and learning about all the benefits; reduced anxiety, increased body satisfaction, improved cognition, helps treat depression, etc. (Forbes, 2016), Lydia and I decided to incorporate more of this practice into our daily lives. Coincidentally around the same time, we connected with Right Here Right Now. They are a company that is dedicated to sharing the message of being in the now. They believe that worrying about the past or stressing about the future robs you of where you are supposed to be - Right Here Right Now. They focus on encouraging others to be fully present in the moment, the moment that they can control. Being in the moment sounds pretty easy right? But for anyone that has tried mediation before, it quickly becomes apparent that our brains have other plans for us. The trick is to train our brains to develop different thought patterns. As Jon said, “You can’t stop your mind from secreting thoughts, but what you can do is not be caught by them. That’s an art form and that’s what mindfulness training is about.” (ThriveGlobal, 2017) To help others with that training to become more mindful and more in the moment, Right Here Right Now has developed the Bump.
The Bump is a kind reminder for you to stop, take a breathe, be in the moment and practice gratitude. Setting a certain time to practice mindfulness is not necessary. It can be done anywhere, anytime. Taking small moments throughout the day can help train the patterns of worrying/stressing and negativity that are so easy to fall into and to develop them into patterns of gratefulness, positivity, and to be present. The Bump is a wonderful symbol that will catches the eye and is designed to bring you back to the moment. Eventually, taking these moments become habit and the benefits of mindfulness will effect every part of your life.
Not only does Right Here Right Now have the mission of helping others learn to become more mindful and to spread the benefits of helpfulness, they are dedicated to sharing their success. They currently give back to Hands Across the Sea, an organization that provides reading books to hundreds of island schools in the Caribbean and Service Dogs of America, who uses rescue dogs to provide service dogs to veterans, kids, and persons with special needs.
We are delighted to have the featured the Rear View Mirror Bump in our Spring Box (it is SOLD OUT, but you can get your Welcome Box here) and to have it for individual purchase in our marketplace. We are honored to help spread the gift of being present and helping others experience the benefits of that (reduced stress, overall better health, etc). Now, let's take a breath :)