In this article, you will learn:
- Mindfulness means being fully present in the here and now.
- Mindfulness can be practiced whenever we want, no matter where we are, who we are with, or what we are doing at the moment.
- Mindfulness helps us regain our health – both physically and mentally.
- Meditation and mindfulness go hand in hand with each other.
Nowadays, the terms mindfulness and meditation are often used interchangeably, which can be confusing. Moreover, few people know what “mindfulness meditation” is and how it differs from the two practices mentioned. So here is our interpretation:
Being aware is mindfulness. It means observing and being aware of all thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and other experiences. By showing up and being fully present in the here and now, we can practise mindfulness whenever we want, no matter where we are, who we are with, or what we are doing.
In order for us to be fully present without being distracted, we need to be free of past and future – what if and what would be – as well as free of moral judgments – I am the best or I am not good.
In addition, mindfulness causes the release of happy substances in the brain that lower blood pressure, aid digestion, and relieve pain-related tension. It’s easy to apply and has wonderful results. Not a bad deal when all that is required is to be mindful – something we should all do but often do not. Change is only possible when we pay attention.
The two practices of meditation and mindfulness are like mirror images of each other; the latter cultivates and expands the former. While meditation is usually practised for a specific time, mindfulness can be applied in any situation and at any time of day.