Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience. Why is it so important to live in the present moment? Because the present is real; the past is gone, the future is not here yet – but if we constantly focus on either of them, we’re merely living an illusion. Living in the present moment has a dramatic effect on our emotional well-being, but it can also impact our physical and mental health.
To be present in the moment has so much power and can affect your overall daily interactions and events. When you are living present in the moment you give your full attention to the feelings and thoughts that are occurring, this allows you to be more involved in those moments. We live in a society that is (for lack of a better word) "busy". Running through life, getting things done, deadlines to meet, and not always taking the time to be present. Mindfulness meditation can really help ground ones-self and practice being present. I found a great beginner exercise that can explain in depth how exactly to do "mindful meditation".