Mindfulness is a word you hear a lot these days, but few can explain what it actually means.
In its simplest form, mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment without judging external thoughts that enter into your mind.
Today’s world, thankfully, is changing. People are incorporating more holistic practices and mindful practices into their daily lives. From children to seniors, meditation is one of those practices.
We all know someone who has taken on the practice of meditation. For some people, it’s a daily practice, while for others it’s just for emergency situations. What are some of those emergency situations? It’s those moments where you feel like your life is spinning out of control. It’s for times when you can’t seem to get out of your own way.
Can you become one of the masses and take on the practice of mindful meditation, as well? Does it sound like it’s too time consuming and not worth the trouble? If you think this way, you’ll be in for an extremely pleasant surprise. Not only is mindful meditation most certainly worth the time and effort, but the rewards will speak for themselves.
There are so many benefits to mindful meditation which will delight and surprise you. First of all, let’s get into the subject of what meditation really is. Some people think you have to be a highly spiritual person or an expert in meditation with a certification to your name. This is not the case. Meditation is available to everyone, and why not? It has a multitude of benefits.
What is Mindful Meditation?
The practice of meditation has been around for centuries. People have used it for religious purposes and cultural reasons. There are as many forms of meditation as there are practices.
The art and practice of mindful meditation basically has one goal in mind – to slow down the mind. Especially in today’s culture, when we all have such busy lifestyles and even busier minds. Your stress levels are up, your blood pressure is up and relaxation is down. This is where meditation comes into play.
The art and practice of mindful meditation is one where you allow yourself and, most importantly, your mind to relax, rest, and rejuvenate itself. How do you do this? Simply, breathe. You take time to practice the art of breathing, slowing down your mind and coming back to the center.
What is center? The center is the place where your deepest desires live and breathe. It’s the place where you can move forward from and get back on track. The true history of meditation is really the practice of getting into a conscious state of total awareness and when the mind wanders – and it will, often, not once, but many times, during the mindful meditation practice – gently acknowledge your thoughts, and come right back to the breath.
Mindful meditation is something that takes time and practice.
As Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor emeritus of medicine and the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School says, “MINDFULNESS means PAYING ATTENTION: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.”