Mindfulness or Meditation – Would You Know the Difference?

Mindfulness – buzzword of the 21st Century. Maybe you’re an avid Mindfulness practitioner yourself? But if someone asked you the difference between Mindfulness & Meditation, would you know?

Don’t worry! Most people wouldn’t and this is why many people aren’t getting the most from their practice. Here you can find a short understandable explanation of the two and how they work…..

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Meditation is all about letting go, just being and entering a deep restful state. When your mind & body has the peace it needs, it automatically know how to heal itself. This wonderful state of healing happens, when you access a state of consciousness different from waking, sleeping, or dreaming.
The benefits of entering this state:
We enable the right and left hemispheres of the brain to communicate, strengthening the corpus callosum which bridges the two. This allows us to come up with creative solutions even in “high-stress” situations.

Mindfulness however,  is a completely different practice.  In fact, mindfulness could be seen as the complete opposite of meditation. Mindfulness is  about complete non judgemental awareness of sensation and experience – being in the moment ‘as it is’ with complete vision. The brilliance of the two is they fit perfectly together, which sums up the very essence of Eastern Healing – treating the mind and body as a complete unit rather than 2 separate things.

Mindfulness & its place in Meditation Practice.

Focusing the mind before meditation is vital. Especially in the West, where most of us struggle with targets & deadlines at work, and family/personal issues at home. We can’t just wipe these worries away & so we need to refocus the mind before even thinking about meditation. This is where Mindfulness practice comes in. Paying attention to the pace, sound, sensation etc of the breath and being aware of this & any thoughts that enter our mind in a completely non-judgemental way.
Once we feel at ease, we then begin to enter a different state where we ‘just are’ it’s a state of complete rest for the mind and body which is meditation. Some call this Mindfulness Meditation.

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When Nothing Makes Sense….Relax!

Did you ever wake up not wanting to face the day? There’s nothing particularly wrong but you just feel out of control?

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Thats what happened to me this morning.  Last night I went to bed early, slept well snuggled up to the love of my life but this morning, I woke with a sense of forbearing. An awful feeling, something terrible today is going to happen.  My energy levels are low, & I don’t feel like doing much of anything at the moment – so guess what? I’m not going to. I’m listening to my body and staying under the duvet for as long as I need.  No point racking my brains for a solution to a non existent problem.  There’s also no sense in getting up, and throwing myself into things when I don’t have the energy.  Well meaning people say “Get up & go for a walk you’ll feel better” but I don’t actually want to.  This morning brought me to the realisation, nobody knows my body better than I do. Nobody can tell me what’s best for me. Which is why this morning, I feel no guilt about staying in bed.  This experience has also made me realise sometimes things happen for absolutely no reason at all, and when they happen this way we must just relax and move with them. There is nothing wrong with me, but if I see a problem, I’ll begin to fight and therefore I’ll face a battle that may become an unnecessary war.  For me, peace means so much more.

Did you ever have one of those days? What did you do?

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