Despite its ancient origin, meditation has recently become a widely popular technique used by many to achieve a state of peacefulness and calmness, especially amidst the chaos of everyday life. In fact, many rely on meditation as a way to reduce stress and anxiety and to promote overall mental and physical health. Consistent meditation can also help reduce blood pressure, increase focus, and improve memory. Interestingly, there are several different types of meditation, with each type focused on a specific technique. Perhaps one of the most popular types of meditation is known as Mindfulness Meditation.
When we think of meditation, chances are that most of us are thinking about Mindfulness Meditation. Derived from a Buddhist practice called Vipassana, this type of meditation focuses on being “mindful” or aware of everything around you in the moment. Mindfulness meditation allows us to pay attention to our surroundings by focusing and relying on our senses. By doing so, we become aware of the here and the now, instead of the past and the future. This type of meditation promotes the idea of living in the present, allowing us to embrace everyday life as is without dwelling on every little detail. More specifically, mindfulness meditation keeps our minds from wandering to the questionable and the unknown, as doing so can cause a lot of fear, stress, and uncertainty. Instead, we are able to clear our minds and reconnect with ourselves in a way that promotes inner peace and stability.
The most important aspect of mindfulness meditation is breathing. Steady breathing can do wonders on stress and anxiety levels. Proper breathing is the first step in achieving inner peace and tranquility. Once a proper breathing technique has been established, it’s important to concentrate on your breathing by becoming aware of every breath in and every breath out. As silly as it might sound, doing this will help you become more aware of your body while simultaneously forcing your mind to focus solely on your breathing instead of wandering off. By allowing your mind and your breathing to be in sync, you begin to release tension that has accumulated throughout the day and therefore achieve a state of peace and calmness.
It is recommended to practice mindfulness meditation at least once a day for about 15 minutes. Meditating first thing in the morning can help declutter the mind before the day even begins, allowing for less stress and more positivity. Whenever you choose to perform your meditation, it’s important to be consistent. So, next time you have fifteen minutes to spare, get into a comfortable position, close your eyes, and just breathe.