Mindfulness Meditation: A Simple Guide to the Whys and Hows

Originating as a core tenant of Tibetan Buddhism, the concept of Mindfulness has seeped into many aspects of pop culture, and wellness applications today. Mindfulness is an approach to life and living that puts a main focus on living deeply in every moment, and in letting the universe flow as it should around you. This is not to say that Mindfulness is an excuse to not plan or prepare for the future, however, only that Mindfulness allows one to better focus on each moment of life, which will ultimately make up the future to come. There are a multitude of ways to practice Mindfulness meditation, as well, which all serve the same purpose; to retrain the brain to focus on the present moment and surroundings.

Too often when we are going throughout our day we stress and worry over events that will happen in the future, or plans that may be occurring later on that day. In doing so, we rob ourselves of the time we could be developing relationships with friends and family, finishing work that needs to be completed, or simply keeping our emotional and spiritual lives in check and where they need to be. Through Mindfulness meditation practices we can begin to not only take stock of each moment of our lives, but further build upon these moments to create a better understanding of just what our future can be.

For many, when considering meditation, they may be turned off to the idea by the thought they have to stay still, and quite, for long periods of time. However, this is not always the case. For instance, many styles of martial arts, such as Kung-Fu, Aikido, and Jujitsu use a form of Mindfulness Meditation known as Movement Meditation. Perhaps the most popular form of Movement Meditation is Yoga. Movement Meditation can be practiced almost anywhere, as long as you are deeply focused on each movement. Even a walk on a sunny day can be used as Mindfulness Meditation if you focus upon each step. This focus begins to retrain your brain to take in each moment of your life clearly.

If you’re looking for a more traditional approach to Mindfulness meditation, perhaps what many different customs have dubbed Counting Meditation is for you. In Counting Meditation, you sit quietly for as long as you like, breathing deeply in and out to the count of four. While breathing, focus as much as possible on each number as you count. Again, this deep focus will slowly retrain your brain for living in each moment. Both types of mindfulness meditation can be used to better adapt your brain to a mindfulness lifestyle to keep you focused throughout your day, and living your life to its fullest.

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