Practiced for more than 2,500 years, mindfulness has its roots in Buddhist spiritual teachings of the East, although more recently it has found popularity in the West as a secular practice for well-being.
Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist, and author of many books on mindfulness, defines it as "the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment." Traditional mindfulness practices include formal meditation as well as disciplines such as yoga, chi kung, and tai chi. However, you do not need to take up any of these activities to bring mindfulness into your life, as mindfulness practices also include simple breathing exercises, mindfully doing daily tasks (such as washing the dishes or walking), saying mantras or focusing on an object, such as a crystal.
Resting in the present moment deepens perceptions and switches off the tendency to chew over the past or worry about the future.