I wanted to start a thread about "Mindfulness." It is a central part of my life. One I came to out of necessity when I felt like I was going to break from anxiety and depression. It was a really low point in my life and made some major changes including stopping drinking for a while, getting back to a regular exercise routine, keeping a daily journal, and meditating. The meditating brought me to Headspace (meditation app) which helped me start to understand the concept of Mindfulness. For those who aren't familiar, Mindfulness is simply the purposeful awareness of all that is happening in the present moment within and outside you while withholding any judgement. We are not our thoughts or emotions. Those get in the way of us experiencing life in the present moment. We spend so much of our lives unconsciously thinking about the past (which we can't change) or worrying about the future (which we can't control) that we miss out on life, because all life is is a series of "right nows." Understanding and practicing Mindfulness helped me to distance my true self and my well-being from the anxious thoughts and find inner peace in the present. It changed my outlook on life and will always be something I strive for. I would love to use this thread to discuss Mindfulness - introduce it to those who aren't familiar with it and hear thoughts from those who have embraced it. Hopefully this may help TMMACers who may be in need, and will also be a good reminder to come back to the present moment whenever you check the thread.