You might have heard it before.
Even thought about trying it.
But let's be real...
How would you explain mindfulness meditation?
You've come to the right place! Here's a guide to understanding what mindfulness meditation is all about and how you can practice it in your life.
Defined: Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down your thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body.
They may vary in technique but it basically involves the practice of breathing and having awareness of the body and mind.
The great thing about this method of meditation is that you can pretty much adapt it to suit your lifestyle. You don't need to be sitting under a tree, dressed in white, seated cross-legged. Honey I don't even do that! Especially living in Bangkok, I'd think twice before sitting somewhere with no air-conditioning. You can literally practice mindfulness meditation ANYWHERE. ANY TIME.
Stuck in traffic on your morning commute? Instead of listening (but not really hearing) to music focus on your breath. Really try to listen to your inhales, notice your chest rise as you do and watch how your chest falls, core tightens as you exhale.
Reading this article right now? Take a deep breath through your nose, really slow and with control and exhale through your mouth.
Congratulations! You just meditated!
When we really take the time to notice our breath, we are sending signals to our brain that we are going inward and taking back control of our mind. It has scientifically been shown that meditation impacts your brain waves that are associated with wakeful, relaxed attention. There is a whole lot of activity happening in your brain when you meditate. Brain waves fluctuate according to what you do and feel. Meditation, when done correctly, can move the brain waves from a higher frequency to a lower frequency, thereby having the ability to change how you feel.
Meditation is a great way to feel in control of yourself. One of the reasons I love it. For me personally, it has helped manage stress, more resilient (able to recover quickly from emotional trauma) and improved memory.
If you want to try mindfulness meditation but not sure where to start, sign up to learn more with yours truly here: https://www.dinifitmind.com/mindfulness-meditation