I’ve wanted to try ‘real’ meditation (as opposed to relaxation/yoga) for a long time. I have thought about finding a transcendental meditation class because I think you need that time out to be mindful – it would take a lot of dedication but I think it would be a worthwhile experience. Let me know if you try it!
This definition of mindfulness comes from wikipedia:
Psychological "mindfulness" is broadly conceptualized, say Bishop et al. (2004:232), as "a kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is". They propose a two-component operational definition of "mindfulness".
The first component involves the self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment. The second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance. (2004:232)
The former mindfulness component of self-regulated attention involves conscious awareness of one's current thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, which can result in metacognitive skills for controlling concentration. The latter mindfulness component of orientation to experience involves accepting one's mindstream, maintaining open and curious attitudes, and thinking in alternative categories (developing upon Ellen Langer's decision making research).