The concept of mindfulness and the meditation technique essentially named mindfulness meditation is slowly becoming popular in the western world. Though the eastern part of the world seems to be a little busy in learning about the concept, mindfulness actually has its roots from Indian gurus and ancient Vedic texts.

Mindfulness meditation is the practise of focusing in the present tense or more clearly emptying the mind from the train of thoughts. Mindfulness teachers talk about a term called ‘monkey mind’. This means that our mind displays behaviour similar to that of a monkey, i.e., constantly jumping from branches to branches and finding random things to do. It cannot stay put in one place. A natural adult mind is always curious. It constantly needs thoughts to keep itself busy. In the midst of chasing these thoughts, the mind forgets one important thing- to live in the present.

Psychologists vouch that a wandering mind is equal to an unhappy mind. Constantly hooking into the train of thoughts makes us miserable, anxious and stressed. Overthinking is considered as one of the major causes of depression. Many scientists believe that living in the present is the most effective solution to stress and chronic anxiety.

So what is mindfulness meditation? The technique is simple. Find a comfortable place to sit. And sit comfortably. Don’t be in a position that will make you fall asleep. You can open or close your eyes. Set a timer and try to focus on your breath. Pay attention to your breath .Naturally, the attention begins to wander after a few seconds. Catch it and then, gently pull back your mind to the breath.  

You can never clear your mind of thoughts. When you are ready, you will be able to watch your thoughts as if clouds in a sky. Periodic mediation will help you see thoughts for what they are- random and looping. Eventually, you will be able to watch your thoughts and let them pass. Soon enough, the thoughts themselves will start to fade away leaving you more aware and peaceful.