What if you have been taking my advice and trying to be more mindful, but it just isn’t working out? I found this brief article, from The Emotion Machine, quite useful. The author of the blog, Steven Handel, also has a number of other helpful posts on mindfulness. His blog, in short, rewards one’s attention.
Mindfulness is not synonymous with meditation. The two are related, however, since meditation is mindful and can enhance mindfulness even when you are not meditating. For a nice discussion of meditation, I will again mention Full Catastrophe Living. There, Jon Kabat-Zinn takes the reader step by step through the process of learning Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This provides the curious with a solid introduction to mindfulness and meditation without the religious trappings that so often accompany the subject.