Mindfulness is a distinct state of consciousness, characterized by relaxed will, a surrender to and acceptance of what is happening in the moment, a gentle, sustained focus of attention inward, a heightened sensitivity and the ability to observe and name the contents of our current consciousness.
It is self reflective and yes,
"staying in the moment."
Without mindfulness, one won't be in touch with our beliefs.
Without paying attention, without awareness, one will be operating out of habit, out of reaction and automatic behaviors.
One will be moving perhaps, getting things done, but won't be learning, changing growing and becoming free-er.
If you are not mindful you cannot really know yourself and if you don't really know yourself, you cannot really change yourself.
Without observing and thinking about and knowing yourself, simply as you are, you cannot transform.
Only when you know your core beliefs can you transform them. Only when you know your core beliefs can you challenge them. Only when you know what your are doing, can you do what you want. Until you understand how your beliefs keep you going, you won't be able to stop.
You are close to freedom when you know your deepest beliefs about yourself and the words that express those beliefs are true and precise.
When we ask ourselves to be mindful, we are asking for ourselves to be vulnerable. We are asking ourselves for openness and for our protective sheath to drop. To help establish our own mindful position, we are open and loving, passive and sensitive.
For beyond this vulnerability of mindfulness, there is the vulnerability of a child.
Body-Centered Psychotherapy - Ron Kurtz