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What is "mindfulness" meditation and how do I practice it?

I think meditation may help me with finding inner peace and also improving my memory, focus, and mental sharpness.
Someone suggested I try “mindfulness” meditation. I have no idea what this is.
Can someone explain what “mindfulness” meditation is and how I can practice it?
Thanks

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  1. Ok….its one of those things that I can better explain by example….
    You know what its like to devour a bag of potato chips without thinking? while watching a movie for example. That is the opposite of mindfulness – its mindless…
    And I use that example, but often, an excercise used to demonstrate mindfulness is to give a student a single potato chip (yep, just one) and have them savour it in bites, to really feel the texture change in the mouth, to expereince how salt tastes different in different parts of the mouth, etc. YOu would be amazed at how long it takes to eat a chip while you are being mindful….
    BAsically, being mindful means being completely present and attending to what you are doing….not being elsewhere mentally, or not just going through the motions…but really being there 100%
    Sorry about the typinhg – I’m having some keyboard issues

  2. Beyond any meditation, we need to have faith in God. God can help you live a better life if you want Him to help you. You can have a personal relationship with God by saying the prayer below. God is our Creator, all-knowing, all-powerful, eternal, holy, love. God loves us and sent us His Son, Jesus Christ, so we can go to heaven if we know and follow Him. Forever means without end — time on and on without death. Forever is what happens after we die. Either we go to heaven and be with God forever, or we go to hell which is very bad and painful forever. The good people who are saved believers in Jesus Christ go to heaven. The bad people go to hell. We need to know and follow God in this world to get to heaven in the next world. We follow God by loving and obeying Him and loving others for Him. Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is our bridge to God. Jesus died on the cross to cancel our sins. We need to accept Jesus into our life as our Lord and Savior forever to receive God’s blessing and forgiveness plus go to heaven to be with God forever after we die. This is about being a born-again Christian. Faith in God is a gift from God. You can pray for faith in God. Just speak out and ask God for the faith to believe in Him and to follow Him. Some people find faith in God when they realize the beauty in the world is made by God. Evolution can’t explain the world’s natural beauty, for example, the parks in the world, animals, flowers, peacocks, sunsets, butterflies, rainbows, etc. After you have your faith on, you can pray a sinner’s prayer to be a born-again Christian. This prayer is very important and should be said with a sincere heart and faith in God. This is the prayer: “Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and that Jesus Christ is the sacrifice for our sins. I have done the following sins (state these out) and I pray to discontinue these sins. I pray to receive Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Savior forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.” I’m Lutheran and I like the Baptist churches. You could find a good Christian church and try a weekly Bible study group with them to learn more. You can pray to God about your daily life. God bless.

  3. Tink told it pretty well with her answer, all I can say from there is that there are several types of “mindfulness” meditations out there and that it would be a good idea to fish around. Vipassana and zen are probably the two forerunners (and they both come in many styles), and they’re easily found all around the world. Try going to theopengateway.org and check out the “links” section.

  4. There are many different types of meditation. One particular type is Mindfulness meditation. This meditation is based on awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, or anything else. The key is for the awareness to be non-judgemental.
    The key practices of mindfulness meditation are the body scan, sitting meditation, walking meditation and stretching/moving meditations which can include yoga or tai chi.
    To practice sitting meditation, you can begin by being aware of your breath. Simply feeling the breath sensations as you breathe in and out. Pretty soon your mind will wonder off into thoughts. That’s natural. Just as soon as you notice, gently but firmly bring your attention back to the breath. Continue for 5 minutes and see how you feel after that.
    Good luck!

  5. What is Mindfulness Meditation? Mindfulness is a type of Buddhist Meditation that essentially involves focusing your mind on the present moment; to be mindful is to be aware of your thoughts and actions in the present moment. Research provided by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD has proven that mindfulness meditation improves mood, decreases stress and anxiety, boosts immune function, helps us to gain insight into the true nature of reality and helps us to cultivate compassion, loving-kindness, patience and wisdom. Jon Kabat-Zinn has a book out on the cultivation of mindfulness called: “Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life.”
    How to practice ‘basic’ Mindfulness Meditation: Find a quiet and comfortable place. Sit in a chair or on a cusion on the floor with your head, neck and back straight but not stiff. Put aside all thoughts of the past and the future and stay in the present moment. Become aware of your breathing, focusing on the sensation of air moving in and out of your body as you breathe. Feel your belly rise and fall, the air enter your nostrils and leave your mouth. Pay attention to the way each breath changes and is different. Watch every thought come and go, whether it be a worry, fear, anxiety or hope. In mindfulness meditation one is ‘an observer’ of thoughts that arise in the mind during meditation. These thoughts are neither analyzed nor harshly judged but are recognized as they simply are: thoughts and feelings. They are not to be clinged to, for clinging causes suffering. We use the breath as an anchor. What does this mean? When a thought/feeling arises in the mind, we observe it-making a mental note of it, then return to the breath. This practice of mindfulness meditation requires patience and through daily practice – patience is cultivated and wisdom is gained. Remember not to be hard on yourself when your thoughts wander; be gentle with the mind, and simply return to the breath. Practicing for fifteen minutes a day – for starters – is sufficient. Daily practice of Mindfulness Meditation is what’s most important. *”Mindfulness in Plain English” By: Henepola Gunaratana covers what meditation is, what it isn’t, attitude, the practice, what to do with your body, what to do with your mind, structuring your meditation, set-up exercises, dealing with problems, dealing with distractions, sati or mindfulness, mindfulness vs. concentration and mindfulness in everyday life. *”Mindfulness in Plain English” is definately an excellent book to use when starting to learn and practice mindfulness meditation:
    http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/
    Metta to all.

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