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Walking Cheerfully, Mindfully Over the World

mind·ful·ness ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun 1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. "their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition" 2. a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Definition courtesy Google search. 
Mindfulness is making lots of news these days, being touted by teachers, healers, and mystics alike. It is a powerful practice and can be quite fun to teach! Mindfulness practice can be used to enhance the core skills essential to learning: observation, awareness, an open attitude, concentration, curiosity. Guided mindfulness meditations can reduce stress and the negative impact of pain. 

Centering is a related, but different skill:

cen·ter·ing ˈsen(t)əriNG/ noun -- medical dictionary

Any method used by a person to calm himself physically, mentally, or emotionally, usually in preparation for …