There has been a big push for people to try meditation recently. There are more articles about Mindfulness and Meditation to reduce stress, and therapists frequently recommend it. But why? What’s the big deal? Isn’t meditation religious or something that monks do? 

Meditation is not religious. It is not the same as prayer. There are no expectations that you must sit with crossed legs on the floor and wear a robe. If that is what you’ve been picturing, then of course it may sound silly. 

What is it? Mindful meditation is the practice of being present in the moment. Most of the time our minds are elsewhere, thinking about what we need to do, making future plans, or thinking about the past (“I shouldn’t have”… or “why did they”…). When you think about it, how often are you really fully aware of where you are, what you are doing, and the sensations around you instead of living mostly in your thoughts? It’s probably pretty rare. 

Why the recent push for mindfulness? When we take a break from all of our busy thoughts and we experience the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations around us, our minds and bodies become connected. There is relief! With those moments, our bodies relax and re-energize. They are more prepared to face any challenges ahead. With a mindful practice, we find more control over our thoughts and emotions. We can experience in the few minutes of meditation that thoughts and emotions come and go. They are fleeting and we can choose not to get caught up in them. Through mindfulness we gain confidence, awareness, insight, and peace. 

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Benefits of mindfulness: When you allow your mind and body time to connect, you gain awareness and insight. Most of us find we carry stress in our bodies without realizing it the moment the stress hits. Your muscles may tense up and you may find knots in your shoulders or tension headaches. The moment you give yourself time to focus on your body and check in with the sensations you feel, you suddenly have the power to correct it. If you notice tension and you focus on relaxing your muscles and breathing the tension out, your body will let go of it. This leads to better health and wellness. It doesn’t just impact your physical health, but your ability to deal with stress too. 

Think about it. When your mind is over-taxed with something, let’s say a task at work, and you don’t allow yourself a break, doesn’t it end up taking you longer and getting more challenging than if you were to step away for a few minutes and come back refreshed? 

Everyone can learn to meditate. No matter what your circumstances or background, you can learn and benefit from mindfulness. What’s stopping you? Give it a try today and take the first step towards a peaceful mind. To learn more about mindful meditation, including how to get started and how to fit it into your busy day, click here for Part 2 of my article. 

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