Mindfulness is a form of remembering - a way of coming back to the moment and home to ourselves, bridging the emotion gap so that we can respond more compassionately and with greater wisdom.
Emotional intelligence (EI), or the awareness of and ability to modulate emotions and interact with others empathetically, is positively correlated in the research with mindfulness and meditation practice. Cultivating EI helps us communicate, manage stress, and solve problems more effectively.
When we practice the mindful attitude of equanimity rather feeling indifferent to our neutral experiences, we can learn to take refuge in the blank canvas moments of our lives.
We have all felt the harsh, burning glare of embarrassment pinning us like a bug to a specimen board for close inspection. Mindfulness can help us meet this painful self-conscious emotion with greater wisdom and equanimity.
Though we are often encouraged to take pride in our accomplishments or the groups we associate ourselves with, this self-conscious emotion can become an obstacle and lead to suffering. Mindfulness can help us cultivate more skillful states of mind that have a greater likelihood of leading to lasting happiness.