Mindfulness meditation is a type of reflective meditation that originated from Buddhist culture but is now used in psychological therapy. Mindfulness meditation is not focused on change or the future but an awareness of the present and who an individual is now. It can raise awareness and stop mental distress from the psychological pain of simply being alive. By being aware and mindful of both good and bad experiences a person can avoid being swallowed by the negative thoughts.
This school of thought contends that ignoring bad thoughts and forcing good thoughts is a bad practice that doesn’t last and can ultimately cause mental suffering. By breathing, focusing on thoughts in general and not forcing any idea away are main tenets of mindfulness meditation. It is not a type of meditation that focuses on not thinking and trying to have a blank mindset. Mindfulness meditation is about awareness of the present and whatever thoughts and ideas are currently important.