Mindfulness is an integral part of my meditation practice.  Being aware of the moment, the only place in time we ever really have.  I believe mindfulness and meditation are not separate from each other.  Meditation can take many forms, but all meditation is meant to bring balance, peace, love, centeredness, calm, focus, gratitude, and general well-being into your life.

Mindfulness

: the quality of state of being mindful

: the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-moment basis

Also: such a state of awareness

*Merriam Webster

To get to a place of mindfulness, we must first learn to be nonjudgmental-which is a practice and can take time to learn, as is overall, an awareness.  To do this, one needs to slow down, slow way down.  Meditation allows one to connect and master these skills as well as learn what to do with these thoughts and emotions and be at ease with their source to let them go in the present moment.  When one is meditating, we are most often practicing and mastering mindfulness.  And when we are practicing mindfulness, we are practicing a form of meditation.  Make sense?  Further to this, “Awakening” is a form of self-discovery.  It truly means being aware – aware of thoughts, emotions, actions, and awareness of all that surrounds us.  Through the practice of meditation, we often experience an awakening, and through this awakening we become more mindful of the present moment.

Just as we have evolved as a society, so has meditation and mindfulness.  No need for temples, traveling afar spending time at an ashram, sitting on a mountain top, or sitting in lotus position for hours to learn the fundamental principles of meditation.  All you need is You.  Your mind, Your power, from the Inside Out.  In modern day, meditation is simply structured time for yourself to be quiet, reflect, and simply breathe.

You have the choice to keep your practice simple to experience the health benefits it provides through the relaxation response of the nervous system, or you can dive deeper into the benefits of listening to your intuition to guide you to live the life you are meant to live.  Whatever your choice, I invite you to think of  what you want to experience daily, and be open to the many benefits meditation can bring to your daily life.

“If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”  – Dalai Lama