Thus, we are taking about an awareness of both the world and the whole movement of oneself.
“We live in a society that … forgets the present,” wrote Albert Einstein. How true! Even when we delude ourselves into thinking we are living in the present, we are still living either in the past or in the future. That can only cease to be the case when the mind is free from the idea of self (the "I" and "me"). When we have the idea of self we are living in the past or in the future.
Mindfulness (sati) literally means "memory" ... remembering what is present, remembering to stay present in the present moment, and remembering in the present moment what was already happened. In short, we remember to be here ... now! As a result, we are able to look at ourselves "thought-less-ly" ... without the eyes of the past ... for all thought arises from the storehouse of memory, that is, the past.
You see, being totally attentive unconditions the mind. Just look and see ... and the mind will empty itself of all its content.
When we stay present in the action of the present moment, noting what we are thinking, feeling and experiencing in the now, we gain understanding and insight into ourselves and our behaviour. Further, we learn to accept whatever is ... with emotional equanimity.
Mindfulness is the presence of awareness of present experience with choiceless acceptance. It is the ultimate antidote to stress as well as anxiety and various depressive states where it has been shown to be a useful therapeutic modality as well as an adjunct to other forms of therapy and treatment.
We are talking about the presence of focused attention, not fixed concentration, True “control of mind” involves the giving of constant but bare attention to whatever arises and happens in the "action" of the present moment. It means being choicelessly aware of all that is.