Is mindfulness and meditation the same?
Many of us struggle, daily in trying to find our central core, our balance, or some sense of peace. With so much to distract us from the moment, nowadays, one can argue that finding complete mindfulness is next to impossible. Or is it? Mindfulness meditation is one way to practice mindfulness, but since being mindful simply involves paying attention to the present moment, mindfulness can be brought to anything you do. Becoming more mindful takes practice, and mindfulness meditation is good tool to learn to be more mindful. However, you can become more mindful without meditation, and even if you do practice mindfulness meditation, the benefits of mindfulness are greatest when mindfulness is incorporated into everyday life. In other words, this is not merely a mental diet; it has to become a way of life.
Is mindfulness a Buddhist practice?
Mindfulness and mindfulness meditation are an important part of many Buddhist traditions, but there is nothing exclusively Buddhist about mindfulness. Many other religious and spiritual practices involve mindfulness, and you can learn mindfulness and realize its benefits regardless of your religious or spiritual beliefs.
How to learn to be more mindful?
Many people try meditation and find it impossible to keep their mind from wandering and believe that becoming more mindful is something they will never be able to do. But becoming more mindful does not need to involve meditation, and mindfulness does not involve emptying your mind. Mindfulness simply involves paying attention to whatever is going on in the present moment, and learning to bring your mind back to the present whenever you notice it wandering. Mindfulness does not need to involve extended periods of meditation. It can be practiced for just a few minutes at a time, and brought to whatever you are doing in your everyday life. Even if you may never be inclined to meditate, you can still learn to incorporate mindfulness into your life and realize its benefits. It can have the same impact as trying Green Tea for the first time, and realizing its healthy benefits.
Living in the moment
From an early age we are conditioned to think ahead, plan ahead for graduation, weddings, baby showers, and trips to Disney World. We bombard our minds with wasteful forward-thinking thoughts: What if it rains next week? Will he cheat on me? I can’t wait til my finals are over. What happens when things start to sag after 40? And the querying goes on inside the brain as it tries to make sense of the new sections of highway you pave within it with your constant Worrying. The Solution: Live in the moment!. Sounds easy? You bet it’s easy. It requires that you make a conscious effort to concentrate on the things you take for granite like the shot Kobe just made over Lebron James, the first step your daughter makes as a toddler, the rose bush you just passed by, and your breathing. Yes, it requires you to exhale, kiss your child, and smell the roses while slapping high five to your spouse after the Lakers win the Finals. It’s just that easy. No science, no memberships to pay, just the will to breathe and be mindful of your moment. Living in the moment can add to the quality of your life in a fashion that rids the body of many years of dangerous bad habits known to shorten your life.
Find a location to practice and learn yoga in Tampa:
- Yogani Studios: (813) 251.9668
- Radiance Helio Spa & Wellness Ctr: (813) 258-0458
- Namaste Yoga Studio: (813) 505-1850
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