One of the solutions that is often suggested to cope with our hectic lifestyles is meditation. When I think of meditation in the traditional sense of the word, I think of sitting cross legged perhaps at the beginning or end of a yoga session and focusing your mind on the present. Although meditation can have many interpretations, I would assume that this is the definition that comes to mind for the majority of us.
If then asked what is the definition of mindfulness, I am not sure what the response would be. Mindfulness takes the concept of meditation and extends it a step further. In Mindfulness, A Contemplative Approach to Living in the Moment, mindfulness is defined as the “quality of dwelling in harmony with the present moment. Mindfulness is more than a technique—rather a way of being in the world.” It is about not only an awareness of what is taking place in the present moment, but an acceptance of whatever it is that may be taking place.
The intent of mindfulness is not to focus on only good thoughts or change those that are bad but rather to simply observe and accept all present thoughts and then let them go their way.
Do you think there is a difference between meditation and mindfulness? Why do we hear the term mindfulness so infrequently? Love to hear your thoughts on this….