The free dictionary defines mindfulness as follows:
(n.) the trait of staying aware of (paying close attention to) your responsibilities
What are some of our responsibilities in life? We all have basic need in life. Maslow's hierarchy of needs dictates that we need to fulfill five things in sequence. We must satisfy our physiological needs to live such as food, water and breath. Then we must satisfy a need for safety from the manifest threats of this world. From there we crave the attention and company of friends and significant others, and from here we seek things that bolster our self esteem and seek to gain not just the attention of but also the respect of others.Finally we look to bring some sort of deeper fulfillment in our lives, thinking of our legacy through creating things and solving problems.
As I glance over this list I see that pretty much all of them are important factors that all play into my own quality of life. Moreover these are all things to pay attention to, or I should say be mindful of. Certainty we should be aware of our need to eat and satisfy it or we will starve. It is equally important that we understand the condition of our relationships with friends, family, and significant others and give them proper maintenance or they will suffer. If we don't focus on our work we won't get that promotion. If we don't pay attention in class, our grades will suffer.
There is simple cause and effect that if we are not mindful of somethings, that is being aware of its condition and working to better its condition, then it will suffer.
I'm sure that we are all pretty good at keeping ourselves fed, and that we all have a roof over our heads, for the most part. These things are just a part of our condition nowadays, but I would challenge you to determine how mindful of things you truly are, and seek to pay more attention to the things you regularly pass over.
Food for thought;
Jobs, hobbies, educational pursuits
Do we do our jobs with gusto or enthusiasm or are we unmotivated? If we're unmotivated then we may want to explore the possibility of making a change. The same goes for our classes and majors. Ask yourself "do I hate what I'm studying?" If so, this area might require some attention.
Our relationships with each other
Are there people in my life that I'm taking for granted? If not, are there relationships that I expect to just work that might not be going quite so swimmingly? Odd are we're okay with the people we relate to unless we are constantly fighting. We might consider some times in the recent past that we may not have been the best to our friends, etc.
Food and shelter.
Of course we eat, but do we eat well? Will the way we are eating now make future us happy? Even though we have a roof over our heads but do we maintain this home? Is it cluttered? Do we simply discard our things at the end of the day without thinking that tomorrow's us will have to pick it up?