Mindfulness is being aware of what is taking place outside of us, as well as what is happening on the inside. Take a moment to observe what is going on around you. With your eyes open, use your five senses to pay attention. This is the “outside present.” Now, close your eyes and turn your attention inward. This is the “inside present.”


What do you notice inside? What do you notice inside? What is similar/different in the outside and outside present? Is it easier for you to observe the inside present or the outside present? Why? You may want to write down some reflections after you spend 5 timed minutes doing the activity. This is done by shifting your attention back and forth in a mindful, focused way, between what you are experiencing internally, such as physical sensations and thoughts, and what you notice via your senses.

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