What Exactly is Mindfulness Meditation?
Boiled down, it is a complete awareness of the present moment in a nonjudgmental way.
In other words, mindfulness means consciously transferring awareness to the here and now with openness and receptiveness of whatever is happening at that moment.
It allows you to let go of any expectations.
Mindfulness enables you to improve your ability to focus, cultivate self-awareness, help manage stressful situations with more ease, and it really helps you to let go of all that judgment and harsh criticism you have for yourself and others.
Furthermore, mindfulness will also facilitate your ability to become engaged and help you to become interested, even slightly absorbed in what you are doing.
What does this all mean to you?
Well, let us take a look, the following results are possible:
If this is hard for you to wrap your head around, don’t worry.
Once you start practicing continuously, nonjudgmental awareness will end up happening naturally. When someone practices mindful meditation, you are sharpening your focus and training your brain.
Also, keep in mind, mindfulness techniques are not the same as relaxation techniques as some of you may have heard.
In other words, when practicing mindfulness meditation we are not trying to create a state of deep relaxation.
What we are doing is allowing ourselves to feel however we want and to feel without judgment or struggle. So even though you may feel relaxed while practicing mindful meditation, it’s not the end goal.
It’s just a pleasant experience associated with the practice itself.
Remember, just like anything in life, the more you practice the more you will start seeing the fruits of your labor.
The Origins of Mindfulness
The origins of mindfulness meditation are rooted in Buddhist philosophies and traditions that go back over 2,000 years ago. There are many styles of meditation.
All the major religious traditions have some type of procedure in which they call their own type of meditation.
Mindfulness meditation is based off a type of Buddhist meditation called ‘Vipassana’. What is Vipassana you ask? The word comes from the ancient Pali language of India. Its English translation is “clear awareness’ or ‘insight’.
The capacity to evoke mindfulness is developed using various meditation techniques that originate from Buddhist spiritual practices (Hahn, 1976). 
Mindfulness in Buddhist traditions occupies a central role in a system that was developed as a path leading to the cessation of personal suffering (Thera, 1962; Silananda, 1990). 
Mindfulness meditation has been adopted by today’s’ society as an approach for increasing awareness and responding pragmatically to ‘mind chatter’ that contributes to emotional distress and bad behavior.
A lot of people in America today still see meditation as only being associated with Eastern spirituality. However, Americans of nearly all different religious groups say they meditate at least once a week. Even those who say they have no religious affiliations at all…
So, just to throw some numbers at you, 42% of most Americans say they meditate regularly and 45% say they seldom do, if at all. Only 9% say they meditated maybe twice a month and 4% of people asked say they do it several times a year.
However, these figures will vary widely depending on the religious group.
What is the Concept of Mindfulness?
When talking about meditation, we will be talking mostly in regard to Vipassana meditation.
As discussed above, the thought of mindfulness involves focusing on your present or current situation and how ‘aware’ you are in your current state of mind.
This can be anything from an awareness of your surroundings, breathing, emotions or, more simply put, enjoying every single bite of a really good burger.
Research in recent decades has linked mindfulness practices to a mind-boggling collection of possible health benefits such as helping with chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, stress and many others.
Many of which we will end up speaking about throughout our time here, as well natural alternative treatment for chronic pain. The two working together can work wonders on your mind and your body.
With a reasonable viewpoint, try to think about all the time and energy you have put into worrying about your future goals.
Whether you will achieve them or not. You’ll probably find that it’s a lot of worrying! We can put a lot of pressure on ourselves to pursue and achieve.
However, in doing so, it brings about anxiety, stress, pain and other unhealthy mental and physical states.
If, on the other hand, you take your time to refocus your mind and your energy into what you can do right here right now, it will help you make smarter decisions and choices. It will also make achieving your goals that much easier!
We seem to have forgotten the saying “Life is a journey, not a destination”, because it has turned into somewhat of a cliché. But it seems to be we never have enough until we reach that final goal of ours, whatever it may be.
So in other words, let us be miserable until I feel I’ve made it. There’s no reason to feel this way. Find the good in what you have now.
Mindfulness is to let go of the past, release anticipation of the future and accept the moment as it is.
Please don’t waste your time and energy on mental reflection and angst. Use them to do what you can in the only time you can actually do it: the present moment, the here and now.
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