Sure, you can meditate on a mountaintop, but you can also learn to be more mindful throughout your day—while biting into an apple or riding the subway. Living in the present is its own reward. Cover Image: Mimagephotography/Shutterstock
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience, rather than dwelling on the past or anticipating the future.