You have a better understanding of what meditation and know that it is about exploring and that it is not a fixed destination. Meditation is a special place where each and every moment is momentous. Mindful Meditation is just a different type of meditation that allows you to fully engage with what ever we are doing at the moment.
What is Mindful Meditation
Mindful meditation lets us be aware of thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. It asks us to unleash our natural curiosity about the working mind and to suspend any judgement we may have on our thoughts as they pass through. We are to approach our experience with warmth and kindness, to ourselves and others instead of over-reacting or being overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
What is Mindfulness
Mindfulness is when we tune into our senses and notice our thoughts and emotions without judging them as they pass. Mindfulness is simply about being mindful of the actions that we do and the way we react to them.
We can become more mindful even if we don’t meditate by being more intentional and aware of things we do every day. Whether we are brushing our teeth, eating lunch or exercising, we can teach our minds to be present in that moment; in that action.
Whenever we bring awareness to what we’re directly experiencing via our senses, or to our state of mind via our thoughts and emotions, we’re being mindful. By teaching our minds to be present, we are teaching ourselves to be more mindful. Being mindful in the sense of being present, taking a breath and not over-reacting to our thoughts and feelings (particularly helpful in stressful situations).
Mindfulness is available to us in every moment of every day. We just have to be able to tap into it. We can tap into it through meditation, which allows us to build the skill of mindfulness. By doing regular meditation practices, we can learn to apply mindfulness in our everyday life.
How Mindful Meditation Works
Mindfulness meditation can not only change our mindset and perspective, but it actually changes the shape of our brain through neuroplasticity. When we meditate our brains go from high-frequency brain waves to lower frequency brain waves. When this occurs, certain parts of our brain is activated and deactivated.
There is gray matter in our brains that is in control of regulating our emotions, planning out things and problem solving. Through regular meditation practice, this gray matter increases. The amygdala in the brain, which is in charge of how we feel stress, fear and anxiety decreases in size as well when we meditate on a regular basis.
Benefits of Mindful Meditation
As with the benefits regular meditation has to offer, mindful meditation has its own benefits. Those who practice mindful meditation experience decreased stress and sadness and heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion. We can also experience diminishing traits such as fear, stress and anxiety and lowered levels of frustration and sadness.
Practicing mindful meditation on a regular basis can also be a great way to manage stress and boost compassion, focus and empathy. We can also enhance our energy and happiness levels.
Mindful Meditation vs Meditation
During meditation, we enter into a temporary state of mind of being present at that time. That state of mind vanishes for the rest of the day once we have completed out meditation practice. Mindfulness meditation is a way of living where we are able to step back and be in the present moment in any situation.
Meditation is the training ground for mindfulness meditation. We begin by meditating to become familiar with the here and now for a limited period of time. We can develop the ability to be present throughout the day, every day with regular practice of meditation.
Mindfulness doesn’t fully eliminate stress (nothing really can) but it allows us to be aware of the unpleasant thoughts and emotions due to challenging situations. It allows us to give us a better choice of how to handle them in the moment of occurrence and gives us a better chance of reacting calmly and empathetically when faced with stressed or challenges.
Practicing Mindfulness Meditation
If you have decided to practice mindful meditation, you may want to experience moments of mindfulness during and after your meditation practice. How did you feel in your meditative state? What did you see or hear while meditating? What do you see and hear now? How did you feel before you meditated versus how you feel after meditation? Make an intention to carry these feelings with you throughout the rest of the day.
Some people find it helpful to form a clear idea of what they are going to do after they have meditated and perform their next task with the same level of awareness experienced during meditation. If you have decided to do morning meditation, you may decide to get your coffee or tea or continue with your morning routine.
Summing It Up
Whet ever you decide to do as your next tasks, be sure to look for opportunities throughout the day to recognize the mindfulness you experienced during meditation.
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