Mind-ful-ness. It means to pay attention, to be aware. To notice our experience without judging it. The concept is simple enough, but it turns out that staying with our experience in the present moment can be challenging. Our attention is constantly fleeing away from the moment. We may be watching a movie, listening to a friend, or driving and pretty soon we are gone! Caught up in obsessive thoughts about something that may have happened in the past, perhaps what someone said or we may be thinking about a mistake we may have made or we are shot into the future, worrying about something that may or may never happen. And so we miss the moment. And of course rumination and worry can spiral into depression and anxiety and burnout and ill health. When we are mindful, our mind is fully attending to what is happening, while it is happening, without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. Mindfulness is not foreign or exotic. It is an innate human ability we all have and that can be cultivated, developed, and strengthened.