Here are some examples of how I used mindfulness yesterday.
I was sitting talking with a friend and we looked out of the window at the leaves on the trees - I was aware of the thought 'Oh dear - that means winter will soon be here with all those long nights'. In the past I would probably have followed that train of thought into SADness but instead I told myself to be present in this moment and enjoy the sunlight because that was what was going on now.
When I went for my morning run there were a couple of people walking dogs - they are usually very good about getting them out of the way - and this one owner really tried - telling two of his dogs that were a little ahead of him to get out of the way - but they just didn't listen and instead they moved even more into the way - though I managed to avoid tripping over them. I could have got cross at the dog-owner for not taking firmer action and his dogs for being stupid but instead I chose to be present and enjoy the moment and be amused by the futility of the dog-owners efforts - a gentle laugh which I hope also put the dog owner at ease.
Note: Anger for me, like most others, tends to end up being turned inwards - and it's also something that I find it very difficult to calm down from.
Hope you all have good days.