Meditation has been used by spiritual teachers and practitioners in a variety of faith traditions for many years.
During the practice, we direct our attention. There are two main types of targets for our attention: an object or the present moment (objectless).
When we direct our attention to an object, we may be concentrating on repeating a meaningful phrase, song or prayer, or keeping attention on a physical object, a sacred image, or the sensations of the breath or the body.
Realizing the attention wandered from the object, the practitioner intentionally returns the attention to that object.
The second category includes all the meditative practices focused on awareness or consciousness itself. These practices cultivate the awareness of the present moment by focusing the attention on all the material and immaterial phenomena present here and now, and on their constantly changing nature.
We practice being fully aware of the experience of the present moment as it manifests in the form of bodily sensations, feelings and thoughts.
Mindfulness is an innate quality of the human being, it is not acquired or learned. It is an internal resource waiting to be used wisely for your own benefit and for the sake of others.
Mindfulness meditation allows the individual to live fully. By practicing, we develop a clear awareness of the present moment and that results in various physical, mental, and spiritual benefits.