According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, renowned mindfulness meditation instructor, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” It can be practiced anywhere, any time, and you can even do it while you’re walking, eating, or cleaning.
To practice mindfulness meditation while sitting is simple:
- Focus on your breath, the inhalations and exhalations.
- When thoughts come to you, don’t try to force them out; instead, observe them in a friendly, nonjudgmental manner.
- Then, return your focus back to your breath.
Benefits of mindfulness/mindfulness meditation include inducing the relaxation response, reducing anxiety, and encouraging positive thought patterns and attitudes.
“In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.” – Thich Nhat Hanh