The practice of mindfulness meditation requires the person performing this type
of meditation to be fully conscious of his or her surroundings while simply
observing thoughts without making judgments about them and then moving on. The
goal of mindfulness meditation is not to go into a trance, but rather to remain
fully mindful. The person tries to train his or her mind not to wander through
thoughts but rather to remain peacefully conscious without struggling through
Mindfulness meditation stemmed from the Buddhist tradition of vipassana, which
originated over 2,500 years ago. This practice begins with the person
concentrating on his or her breathing and posture. After focusing intently on
these things, the person then expands concentration to the thoughts. However,
the person does not try to repress or encourage these thoughts, they merely
observe the thoughts and then move to the next.
Mindfulness meditation can be divided into two groups, formal mindfulness
meditation and informal mindfulness meditation. Formal mindfulness meditation
involves routine sessions in which the participant uses a physical approach to
mindfulness meditation (concentrates on posture). Tai Chi and Yoga are forms
of mindfulness meditation. Informal mindfulness meditation involves
incorporating mindful approaches to moments of everyday life. A person takes a
simple situation and merely observes it without promoting thoughts in a
The advantages of practicing mindfulness meditation can be very rewarding.
People who regularly practice mindfulness meditation tend to develop a more
positive relationship with their bodies. They change their habits to improve
their health and well-being.
An individual practicing mindfulness meditation does not need to go into the
subconscious, but merely observes their surroundings without making judgments.
The individual must take an event or a moment, such as filling a cup of coffee
or washing the dishes and focus on the task without forming opinions. This
helps the individual to open the mind. The individual tries to understand the
situation before creating a judgment. Other ways to perform mindfulness
meditation include various postures that the individual may execute to help
focus the mind, such as yoga and Tai Chi.