What is Mindfulness Meditation?

Have you heard of mindfulness meditation? Presently, mindfulness has been a popular topic of interest. As a society we are overworked, stressed, and always moving from one thing to another. But that isn’t a healthy way to live.

Are you interested in discovering what mindfulness actually is? In this article, you will learn:

  • What is mindfulness meditation?
  • What are the benefits of mindfulness?
  • When and where can you practice mindfulness?
  • How can you practice mindfulness?

If you are ready to discover the magic of mindfulness meditation, then I suggest you keep on reading.

What is mindfulness meditation?

Mindfulness encompasses being present in the moment by focusing your attention on one thing at a time. Mindfulness can involve your senses and/or your thoughts and emotions. While practicing mindfulness, allow your thoughts to come and go without judgement. Let your thoughts simply be.

Why is mindfulness important?

Mindfulness can:

  • Focus your mind
  • Quieten your mind
  • Help you feel calm
  • Help you relax
  • Regulate your emotions
  • Improve your concentration
  • Enhance your awareness
  • Make you more attuned to your senses
  • Decrease your stress
  • Improve your mental health
  • Improve your physical health

When can we practice mindfulness meditation?

•While eating meals

•While waiting (in a line, at traffic lights)

•When doing chores

•While lying in bed

•While having a shower

•When doing…anything!

How can we practice mindfulness?

So, what do you actually do to be mindful? For example, let’s think about washing the dishes.


Firstly, let’s start by focusing on your sense of touch – feel the warmth of the water on your hands. Touch the bubbles, experience the sensation of the sponge or cloth.

Then, I want you to think about what you might feel with each type of dish you pick up. How would a cup feel when washing it? Or what about a plate? Try it yourself right now.


Secondly, let’s move on to your sense of sight. Of course, this is easy to think about, but we are going to focus more intently on the details we don’t typically notice. Look at the bubbles; are there any large bubbles? Are the bubbles clustered together? Do the bubbles look ‘fluffy’, or have they started to disperse?

Next I want you to think about what your sponge or cloth looks like. If I asked you to describe it, what would you say? Would you talk about its colour, its shape, its size, its texture?


Then let’s focus on your sense of sound. Can you hear the water moving, or is it silent? Do the dishes make different sounds as you place them on the drying rack? Does the sponge or cloth make a noise as you wash?


How about your sense of smell? Can you smell the dishwashing liquid? Maybe you can smell a candle burning nearby, or a cake cooking in the oven. Maybe you can smell your perfume, or your dog as he runs past.


Finally, your sense of taste. Depending on what you are doing, this can be a tricky one to hone into. But trust me, no matter what you are doing, you can focus on what you taste. Sometimes when I strongly focus on a smell, I can almost taste it. Maybe you can taste the coffee you drank five minutes ago. Maybe you can taste an unpleasant feeling in your mouth. Or maybe you can still taste the garlic you had for lunch.

Thoughts and Emotions

So, what about other thoughts that enter your mind whilst practicing mindfulness meditation? Simply allow them to be. In other words, let your thoughts come and go, without judgement. Consequently, if you begin to focus on your thoughts, you are no longer being mindful.

It is important to realize that mindfulness is about concentrating on the present moment. Moreover, if your thoughts are unrelated to what you are doing, try to regain focus on what is happening right now.

If your thoughts and emotions are related to the activity you are partaking in, then feel free to focus on those. First thing to remember is the rule of no judgement. Let your thoughts flow freely and experience your emotions fully. No judgement.

A quick recap

Mindfulness involves your five senses, thoughts and emotions. Being mindful means focusing on the present moment. You can practice mindfulness anywhere and at anytime.

In summary, mindfulness is about being in the present moment. You can practice mindfulness at any time, no matter where you are. Mindfulness has many fantastic benefits, so I highly recommend you give it a try.

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64 thoughts on “What is Mindfulness Meditation?”

  1. sara lafountain

    I am going to share these mindful meditations with my daughter. I think it will help her get into the right mindset for online school this year.

  2. This is something I really need to practice. For some reason I have a hard time sitting still because I feel like I should be doing something. Thanks for the tips to get started

  3. My life has been so much more peaceful and meaningful since practicing mindfulness meditation. I am always looking for new tips and new ways to practice in my everyday life, so thank you so very much for this awesome article!

  4. What a great post, thank you for creating such a thorough write up! I have been trying to practice more mindfulness but it can be hard, this is a great reminder to go back to the basics and just focus on the senses!

    1. Hey Sarah, I love that technique! My anxiety hasn’t been too terrible lately knock on wood, but when it acts up, that is one of my favorite strategies. Take care, and thanks for reading!

  5. Erica{Mama Ash}

    I need to start practicing as I know it’s good for the soul. I never know how or when to start. I mean, before bed I practice slow breathing and I clear my mind. Is that what it’s like?

  6. Pam Wattenbarger

    I have been trying mindfulness meditation but I thought I was doing it wrong because thoughts keep popping in my head even though I try to shoo them back out. Thanks for the detailed explanation.

  7. This is a technique I have never thought of using before. I am all about things that would help me relax more, both in mind and body. After reading this post, I realised how much this could help me. I need to start practicing mindfulness meditation.

  8. Agree. It is difficult nowadays for people to find the time for being mindful because life is too busy and hectic. So instead of being mindful and focusing on one thing at a time, multitasking is now the order of the day, but multiple studies have demonstrated that multitasking does not make you more productive and efficient. I have written an article about his on my website titled: “What is your superpower? Multitasking or mindfulness? Check it out!

  9. Laurie Hanscom Harmon

    I was taught about mindfulness when in a therapy group years ago. I really need to start focusing on practicing it again. Thank you for the great post which served as a reminder to me to be more mindful.

  10. I love mindful meditation! I do this at night to fall asleep. It’s super easy to start forgetting about everything else when you think of the feeling of your head on the pillow, your toes curled under a soft blanket, etc. It helps me focus on falling asleep and relieves all the stress of anything else on my mind at the time. I absolutely would recommend it to anyone who needs even five minutes to reconnect and destress!

  11. I have done mindfulness meditation before! It really helped me to relax and calm down my mind, body and soul! But I love how much in depth you’ve gone in this post as their is so much more behind this amazing technique!

    Love Nat xx

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