Mindfulness and Meditation
Mindfulness in simple terms means to be fully aware of the present thoughts, behavior, not judging anybody’s actions and reactions. Mindfulness can be practices anytime, anywhere.
Mindfulness and meditation go hand in hand but they are not the same. Mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day, but meditation is practiced for a specific period of time. When we are mindful, we need to be aware of “something”. But meditation is being aware of “no-thing”.
Mindful meditation aims to developing a clear, focused mind. It trains your mind to slow down your thoughts, let go negativity and which eventually helps you to calm your mind and body.
How to practice Mindful Meditation:
Comfortable Place to sit:
Mindful meditation involves deep breathing. You need to sit in a comfortable place for 5-10 minutes in the beginning and relax yourself. You can sit anywhere where you feel comfortable. It could be a chair, bed or even on the floor. Try to wear loose and comfortable clothes.
Set a timer:
If you are not used to meditating, it is always better to set a time for five or ten minutes. When you are new to meditation, you can lose track of time. This will also ensure that you are not meditating for too long. You can gradually increase your meditating time for 30 minutes too when you get used to and are comfortable.
Focus on your thoughts:
It is very important to focus on your thoughts while you are meditating. Meditation helps you to eliminate all the negative thoughts. It is not easy to eliminate negative thoughts easily. But when you meditate and witness your thoughts, it becomes easy not to ponder upon them and to just let them go.
Download an app:
These days there many meditation apps available on our phones. Most of them are free of cost. Download an app which teaches different types of meditation which will help you stay focused and calm.
Importance of Mindful Meditation:
Mindful meditation helps to calm our mind, reduces stress and anxiety.
Mindful meditation also improves your body’s resistance to illnesses. If there are no negative thoughts and you are calm, then definitely your immunity will be strong too.
If you are calm and do not have negative thoughts, then there will be less stress and you will sleep better.
You can start meditation from today. Just spare a few minutes during a day and get started. It will take time to feel your breaths and to focus. But do not give up. Being consistent is the key.
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