MEDITATION VS MINDFULNESS
Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Meditation is also a consciousness-changing technique that has been shown to have a wide number of benefits on the psychological well-being.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is to resume our true nature and discover an enormous sense of rest and peace, a spaciousness in our heart in the midst of life, too allow ourselves to become transparent to the light that is always shinning in us. Meditation is not a matter of changing anything but of not grasping anything and of opening our eyes and our heart to the moment.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the human ability to be fully present in the moment, aware of where we are and what we’re doing. We are neither overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. We already possess the quality of mindfulness as humans. We just have to learn how to access it.
What’s the difference between Meditation and Mindfulness?
Good question!! The words meditation and mindfulness may bring up similar images in your mind. But, they are very different expressions of practices and qualities.
Let’s understand what is meditation?
Meditation can be categorized as both spiritual as well as religious. Meditation in of itself is not inherently religious. The proactive began in multiple religions independently and was born out of a desire to better know God or to reach enlightenment. Meditation often has a spiritual element to it.
Mindfulness on the other hand, is a quality of mind, the quality of present-time awareness and recognition. Mindfulness is not only about being present, it requires a clear recognition of what we are experiencing. Mindfulness unlike meditation is not limited to a dedicated practice. Being mindful can be done anywhere, anytime. We can be mindful while thinking, speaking or acting, etc.
Here at Mending Meditation we are using meditation for mindfulness as a tool to cultivate the quality of awareness.
Like everything else we would like to learn in life, it takes practice, therefore, we learn first to sit in meditation and continue to bring awareness to the the present moment so we can build the ability to being mindful.
Sharon is a certified meditation teacher, certified crystal healer guide, mom and the proud owner of Mending Meditation.
Meditation has guided me through some very difficult times in my life. I started Mending Meditation so that I can help people feel empowered and practice self-love through meditation.
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I am a huge foodie, apple smoked ribs are my favorite and right behind them is spaghetti carbonara! Something I might love even more than food; the ocean. Water makes me feel at home; I actually spent a lot of my childhood by the water when I live in Trinidad, and someday I hope to retire by the water in Cape Breton!
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