One of the good things that came out from this “special time” we are living in is for sure Create Mindfulness.
One day I was in my apartment, and I started “connecting the dots” of my daily activities. I realized I was aware of things to do that were helping me to live in the present moment and go through all this as smoothly as possible. Understood that, the willingness to share it and possibly help others was just the next natural step.
None of these activities required to move from the comfort of our home, and I felt like it could become a “mindful corner” of the web. A virtual place where you can go and find plenty of techniques to live your life more mindfully.
Mindfulness and meditation are for sure deeply connected to each other and often misunderstood or mixed between them.
Mindfulness helps us to relax but also to focus on the things that should really matter to us. That is why many people believe that it is a meditation technique, where we have to sit in a lotus position (with our legs crossed), close our eyes and leave our mind blank.
However, mindfulness is much more than this. But before we begin to break this concept down, perhaps it would be good to know what meditation is and then understand how one technique differs from the other.
What Is Meditation And What Is Mindfulness?
Meditation is a practice that seeks to achieve a state of total relaxation, not thinking about anything, concentrating on our breathing, silence, and heartbeat.
There are other types of meditation, such as visualizations, using mala beads,… and if you want to know more, check this article: How To Begin A Daily Meditation Practice.
On the other hand, Mindfulness is a mental, emotional, and physical state. Mindfulness can be cultivated through many different practices, and meditation is one of them.
Practice Mindfulness with Meditation
Yes, it is good to know the difference between them, and it will be useful for your practice. But you shouldn’t become obsessed with the concepts and the theoretical part.
The most powerful thing is, and will always be, to experience for yourself. Using your body, your mind, and your heart.
It is better to start with the most simple thing: paying attention to the sensations of your body.
Meditation is a beautiful tool to practice mindfulness.
As Sharon Salzberg says, “Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.”
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