Mindfulness meditation is the form of meditation that most people are used to hearing about today. To practice mindfulness meditation, find a quiet space. It is essential that there are few to no distractions when you are first beginning to practice mindfulness meditation. Then, find a comfortable position that you can hold for a decent amount of time. This may or may not be a traditional cross legged meditation position. Do not be concerned if you need to sit with your legs out straight in front of you or something similar. It is hard to practice mindfulness meditation when your foot is falling asleep.
Once you are comfortable, close your eyes and focus on your body. Let all other thoughts fall away and keep your entire attention on the present moment. Most people focus on either their breath or their heartbeat. When your minds starts to wander, gently bring it back to a focus on your body and the present moment. Keep that focus for as long as you are meditating. You may wish to set a timer before starting so that you do not have to worry about losing track of time and know to continue focusing on breath and body until the alarm sounds rather than wondering if you are finished yet.
Mindfulness meditation may seem rather self-centered, but it is the basic foundation for many types of compassion focused meditation. Even alone, though, those who practice mindful meditation have been shown to develop increased empathy, self-awareness and compassion.