You might have heard about mindfulness meditation but do you know what it is?
Mindfulness Meditation is a research-based form of meditation derived from an ancient Buddhist practice called Vipassana or Insight Meditation.
It was designed to prevent the mind from experiencing fear and anxiety by focusing your attention on your breath and other inner and outer experiences with acceptance and compassion.
By paying attention to your thoughts, physical sensations, sights, sounds, smells and anything else that you might not normally notice you cultivate a peaceful state.
Although mindfulness skills sound simple, they take a lot of practice to perfect since being mindful is so different to your normal way of thinking.
Our minds are often engaged in thoughts about the past or the future – thinking about what we need to do or going over what we have done, which prevents us from being in the moment and from knowing what is going on around us at any given time.
The primary focus in Mindfulness Meditation is your breathing, but the primary goal is a calm, non-judgmental awareness, allowing thoughts and feelings to come and go without engaging with them, which eliminates excessive worrying and anxiety.
So, how do you do Mindfulness Meditation?
Practice Mindfulness Meditation for 15 minutes each day to realize the benefits of a calm, peaceful and relaxed mind.
Susan Blackburn is a Registered Psychologist providing Individual and Couples Counselling. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, a member of the Ontario Psychological Association and has a M.A. degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School in Chicago, a B.A. (Honours) from York University and a B.Sc. in Business from the University of Phoenix.
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