Ever wondered if there is a technique that will help you calm your mind down in this busy, fast paced world?
Introducing the Mindfulness Meditation…
What is Mindfullness Meditation?
Mindfulness meditation is a meditation technique which stems from ancient Buddhist practice and made popular by Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Let’s first define mindfulness:
Have you ever started eating a snack bar, taken a couple of bites, then noticed all you had left
was an empty packet in your hand? Or been driving somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey?
These are examples of being “mindlessness” or “going on autopilot”.
Mindfulness, on the other hand is a way of paying attention to whatever that is HAPPENING in our lives as they are happening.
The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.
Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness meditation practice is a technique of meditation in which distracting thoughts and feelings are not ignored but are rather acknowledged and observed nonjudgmentally as they arise to create a detachment from them and gain insight and awareness.
When meditating, everyone, however much they practice, will experience thoughts creeping in their minds. Most people would start getting annoyed with themselves for not being able to retain their focus. It stops us paying attention and takes us away from the present moment.
Mindfulness meditation practitioners would acknowledge the thought and let it go without judgement (without judgement is the key. We acknowledge that it is normal to have these thoughts – and they are not necessarily good or bad). By doing so, we retain our focus on being in the present moment.
Health Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
Plenty of research have been carried out to examine the effect of mindfulness practise.
Check out the infographic below: