Practicing Mindfulness Meditation
Being "mindful" is essentially being present and in the moment. So this type of meditation is done by focusing solely on your thoughts and actions of the moment without judgment.
It's a relaxed state where we are conscious and aware of what is going on around and within us. We fully experience each moment without analyzing, judging, or criticizing. We simply relax and allow ourselves to notice and become aware of our feelings, our senses, our thoughts, and our surroundings.
Mindfulness Meditation can be quite useful for people who suffer from anxiety as it does not allow room for judgment or worry. It's calming effects are also great for relieving stress and helping those who are over-whelmed, over-worked, and burned-out. It can also help relieve the symptoms of "techno-stress" which is stress that comes with the over-use of all of the technology that surrounds us today... after all, you can't meditate properly with your BlackBerry attached to your ear.
This type of meditation forces us to "stop and smell the roses".
Doing meditation can also help to improve concentration and the ability to relax. It can also help you to discover answers to problems in your life.
To begin, find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Turn off your phone and notify others that you do not want to be bothered until further notice.
This meditation is often done sitting upright either on the floor or in a chair. Back and neck are straight, but not strained. Head is facing forward and eyes are gently closed.
As you begin, clear you mind of any thoughts. It's sometimes easiest if you do this by focusing solely on your breath and all of its attributes. However, be sure that you are not controlling your thoughts.
As you continue, allow your mind to think and notice freely everything that you think, feel, or notice in the moment. Do not judge or criticize your thoughts, simply allow them to come and go and just be.
When you feel that you are ready to end your session, simply allow your mind to come back to your surroundings and where you are. Gradually end your meditation and move forward with your day.
If you would like more instruction, you may be interested in the Mindfulness for Beginners audio download or CD.