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The Mental And Health Benefits Of Mindful Meditation

By Sabrina

This is one of my favorite topics to talk about…

Meditation and Mindfulness is more than just a state of mind, it’s a new life. It not only encompasses just the mind but the body and of course, the soul.

I truly believe that if you really want to change your life and you’re willing to put the work towards yourself then mindfulness through meditation is the way to do it!

Reason being, I’ve been meditating for over 10 years now.

It has totally changed the person that I have become and has allotted me to surpass challenges in my life with much more ease than I’ve ever thought imaginable.

Why Am I Telling You All Of This?!

It is my intention to give you the basic information you need to get off to a running start.

This blog and the information in it is meant to be practical. It is meant for use.

What is Mindfulness Meditation

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.

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What does this all mean to you?

Well, let us take a look, the following results are possible:

  • Improved Performance
  • Reduced Stress
  • Better Relationships with Yourself & Others
  • Greater Fulfillment In Life

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.

The goal is to be more mindful long after you have meditated. Mindful MeditationWhen you start to exhibit mindfulness you are then fully engrossed on what’s going on around you at that moment in time.

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.

Origins of Mindfulness

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). [1]

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). [1]

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.Origins of Mindfulness Meditation

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”,Mindfulness Meditation 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.

Throughout your experience here, I will walk through some of these changes and challenges and the effects this process has taken on my life and what it could mean for yours.

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What do you think about Mindful Meditation?  Do you think it could be something that can change your life?  Would you try it?  Please leave your comment below.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing your post. I must say I agree with a lot of the concepts. I am a christian man and just recently I have been hearing more about meditation and a concept called “contemplative prayer”. As a young boy in school I would hear about meditation and immediately my thoughts would link eastern spirituality and religions to it…but it’s not a fair assessment. I find so much benefit in meditation, a re-centering of my mind and spirit back in line and allowing my self to hear God speak (since I believe in Him and the Holy Spirit speaking directly to people). Anyways, I enjoyed the info and topic and can see how to apply it in my daily life…a life that tends to lead towards chaos and constant distractions. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Steve!

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! This is a topic I’ve been getting into discussions about a lot lately. Reason being, I’m not religious. So I get the comment a lot of, “You’re not religious but you’ll meditate every day.” I personally try not to think of meditation as a ‘religion’ per se. Even though it is, I’m not taking that away from this discussion, but I want you to see that it’s all in how you think of it.

      I see meditation as a tool in my life to help me be more open, aware, and mentally help me deal with my chronic pain. If it helps you, then I see no need to put a label on it. I speak to the ‘Universe’ when I meditate. So speak to your God the same. Keep your faith 🙂

      Keep moving forward together 🙂

  2. I’ve recently just started practicing meditation about 3 months ago and I have already noticed a big difference in my mood, I love it.
    I’m starting to get to that point where I forget I’m meditating and start to travel through my mind, it’s very hard to explain, its kind of like a voyage through another dimension.

    1. It’s great that you’ve started and you are sticking with it! Practice is key. The mind traveling is part of it so let it be. Don’t force it, but just be aware of where your mind goes, what is your subconscious showing you? Maybe it’s something deep down that you need to take care of to move to the next level of awareness. I’ve been practicing mindful meditation for over 10 years now and my mind still wanders… I watch out of curiosity and see where my subconscious is taking me. I try to determine if it’s something that I may be holding onto that my mind is telling me it’s time to let go. Whether it’s regret, anxiety about something, or forgiving someone that has done me wrong in the past. Whatever it is, just watch with curiosity… You’ll figure it out.
      Thank you for the comment my friend 🙂

  3. Hi Sabrina! I have tried meditation year and a half ago. I was struggling at the beginning. However, since I have tried and continued to practice mindfulness meditation, I saw a huge difference. I managed to create a complete awareness of my self on all three levels of existence (mind, soul, body). My life is not the same anymore! I will practice it for the rest of my life!

    Thank you for this post! I wish you all the best in your present and, future of course. 🙂

    1. Ivan,

      It definitely is a life changer… I’ve been meditating for over 10 years now and I couldn’t imagine the person I’d be if it weren’t for the choice, that 1 faithful day I sent away for my first free meditation CD. I’ve never looked back.

      I’m so glad you stuck with it and saw how this practice was going to change your life forever as well… Seeing the greener greens in life cannot be explained in words but I will do my best. Thank you for the encouragement, I wish you the same 🙂

  4. I’ve been hearing a lot about mindfulness lately and I believe it can be incredibly beneficial to each one of us as individuals and as a society.

    When people individually increase their awareness of themselves, their emotions, and surroundings, it’s more likely that they’ll be able to handle better their relationships and eventual disagreements.

    So I’d say it’s a win-win situation.

    Great post! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for reading my post 🙂 I totally agree! I believe we are all products of our environments. However, once we increase our awareness, we slowly over time start dropping those bad habits one at a time… Sometimes without even knowing it!
      Have a wonderful day. Please check back.

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