Mindfulness is such an amazing natural therapy and has been scientifically proven to have many mental, emotional and physical health benefits.
Feeling constantly stressed, anxious or burnout is really taxing on our bodies.
You may find yourself low on energy, with no time to enjoy the present or do things that fill your cup up.
If you struggle with managing the daily demands of life and the stress and anxiety that comes with it, mindfulness can be a great technique to include in your daily routine.
But as a newbie, some of the terminology used surrounding mindfulness and meditation can get really confusing…especially around mindfulness meditation.
- What’s the difference between mindfulness and mindfulness meditation – or are they the same?
- Are the concepts interchangeable?
- What the heck is this business in the first place?
Yep, don’t worry, I get it…I’ve been there.
As a newbie, understanding the difference between mindfulness meditation and normal meditation can be a bit confusing….so I’m going to bring everything down to basics for you.
The key thing you need to know, is:
Yes – technically Mindfulness and Meditation are different things AND Mindfulness Meditation, is it’s own category.
This is because Mindfulness Meditation is actually a specific type of meditation that involves combining the two concepts together.
Let’s explore this in more detail so it’s clear as mud!
Towards the end of this article, I’ll also answer some common FAQ’s that beginners often have about meditation.
What is Mindfulness Meditation?
In simple terms, Mindfulness relates to your ability to be present in the moment.
Being mindful involves being aware of where you are and what you’re doing, but are not overly reactive, distracted or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.
As a meditation practice, this involves taking a moment to clear your mind, relax, focus and observe wandering thoughts as they drift through your mind without any judgment. As you become distracted, you softly bring your attention back to focus.
Mindfulness is a great meditation practice for beginners because the concept behind it is really simple, compared to some other types of meditation.
- Related: Mindfulness 101 : A Mindfulness Guide for Beginners
- Related: 5 Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Daily Life
As said by some of my favourite celebrities:
“Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.” — Hugh Jackman
“It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me.” — Ellen DeGeneres
So there you go. You must be on to something good…
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I’ll touch on this in a bit more detail later in this article, but first – let’s touch on some common Meditation FAQ’s.
P.S> Here’s a video version of this post in case you prefer watching rather than reading:
FAQ’s about Mindfulness Meditation
1. How often should I meditate?
Once a day is usually ideal and most achievable, especially given our busy schedules.
Some prefer to do it more frequently (eg. in the morning and at night). As a newbie, I suggest that it’s probably best to only commit yourself to once a day. This will make it much easier and less of a time burden to turn it into a daily habit,
Note: At first, meditation may seem like a bit of a chore or another task to tick off your to-do list. BUT the more you practice, the more you’ll start to notice the benefits in your daily life.
View meditation as a moment of luxury and peace – some you time… that can be quite rare to get these days.
2. How long should I meditate for?
As a beginner, just start with 2-3 minutes each day – particularly in the first week. This way your meditation practice won’t feel like a burden on your time.
Also, if you try to extend your meditation sessions too early, you’ll likely find yourself struggling to concentrate for the entire time. This can cause you to end your sessions feeling frustrated and deflated. We don’t want that!
As your attention improves, you can then extend your sessions up to 15-30 minutes.
3. I find it difficult to concentrate during my sessions. Why is this the case?
It’s quite common for beginners to find it challenging to concentrate in the first few sessions of meditation, but this is normal.
Even I myself, and other experienced regular meditators have days where we find it hard to focus.
That’s why you want to choose a time in the day where you’re not engaged in thought-provoking activities beforehand. This is why morning sessions can be better (when your mind is clear).
If you find yourself struggling to maintain focus due to fidgeting, it could be worth giving your neck and body a quick stretch before you start.
4. I find sitting upright and cross-legged uncomfortable. Are there other positions I can try?
Yes! absolutely and I’m glad you asked. When I was first getting started with meditation, I too found some sitting positions uncomfortable. Especially if I was meditating for longer than 5 minutes.
If you can’t get comfortable during meditation because you get back pain or muscle tension, I’d highly recommend getting a meditation pillow or yoga mat. It will make your practice much more comfortable.
I’m so glad I took the leap because I had been stubborn for so long.
If this is something you struggle with, and you’d like to read more about it, ensure to check out the below articles.
- How a Zafu Meditation Cushion Relieves Back Pain During Meditation
- 5 Good Yoga Mats for Meditation | A Beginners Guide!
- Meditation Poses for Beginners – 4 Tips to Improve Your Posture
- Meditation Postures for Beginners – Your Questions Answered
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