The next question becomes: Are these words interchangeable or something different?
- Meditation is a willful practice, where you focus inward to increase your concentration, calmness and emotional balance. Seated meditation usually opens with deep breathing in a comfortable position, bringing your total awareness to your breath.
- Focusing on your inhalation and exhalation to consciously guide the mind toward an anchor, or a single point of focus. In meditation, you typically spend a varied portion of time to being tuned to your inward self.
- Just as there are a plethora of reasons why people meditate, there are also many different kinds of meditation. Within each type of meditation, there are many subtypes to discover and practice. And while Meditation teachers have different ideas about how often a person should meditate, It is perfectly acceptable to blend the types or to experiment with different approaches until the right one is found.
- Mindfulness is the basic human capacity to being entirely present and aware of where we are and what we’re doing without being overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
- Our mind frequently takes flight, we often lose touch with our body, and before we know it we are absorbed in obsessive thoughts about something that happened or brooding about the future. The can make us very anxious, however, mindfulness is right there and capable of bringing us back to focus where we are and what we’re doing and feeling.
- Mindfulness recognizes and brings out the best of who we are as human beings. and has been determined to benefit not only ourselves but also our loved ones, our friends and neighbors, coworkers, and the institutions and organizations we take part in.
- Practicing Mindfulness at the start of your day can help set the ‘tone’ of your nervous system for the remainder of the day and will increase the likelihood of other mindful moments. It can be done during daily activities we often do on auto-pilot or while we are waiting in line or in traffic. Our brain responds well to short moments of mindfulness so carving out extended periods of time in our busy life is not necessary.
Whether you are interested in learning all about the different techniques of meditation, or you simply want to learn and practice how to be more mindful in your daily life to reduce stress, there is a wealth of evidence to support that training your mind to be in the present can improve your mental as well as your physical health.
Meditation and Mindfulness are basically two sides of the same coin. They work to complement each other, and they frequently overlap.