Mindfulness means "being open to an awareness of the moment as it is." When we judge our experience as not being "right" in some way, we are less present in each moment. Mindfulness allows you to acknowledge the negative feelings and let them flow through without focusing on them so much that you get consumed or stuck. During mindfulness meditation, the negative feelings run through you, but you do not focus all of your attention on them. For instance, you may focus primarily on your breathing.
My favorite western author in this field is Jon Kabat-Zinn. I also enjoyed the lectures of Matthieu Ricard, Tibetan monk of French descent, and a molecular biologist by training. You can start with introductory CDs and YouTube videos about mindfulness, such as the Kabat-Zinn's and Matthieu Ricard’s lectures on Google campus. Of course, there are currently thousands of online references on mindfulness. The key is to choose the discourse that is meaningful to you and resonates with your world views.
VIDEOS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH MINDFULNESS:
Mindfulness Stress Reduction And Healing
Presentation by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Google Tech Talks - March 8, 2007
Change your Mind Change your Brain:
The Inner Conditions for Authentic Happiness
Presentation by Matthieu Ricard
Google Tech Talks - March 15, 2007
Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness at Google.
October 11, 2007
Matthieu Ricard: Habits of happiness
What is happiness, and how can we all get some?
with Matthieu Ricard.
Body Scan Meditation
A practical example of a 10-minute guided body scan meditation.
Méditer sur le Stress - avec Matthieu Ricard
(enregistrement vidéo en Français)
La leçon de méditation de Matthieu Ricard
(enregistrement audio en Français)
CDs TO GUIDE YOUR PRACTICE:
BOOKS AND WORKBOOKS FOR AN IN-DEPTH APPROACH:
Publication on the effect of Mindfulness Training on Brain Structures:
ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) — Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.