In today’s world we all are dealing will some kind of stress. Stress is a result of various external and internal factors. Every individual has a different threshold to handle stress. Why is that while some may thrive in the toughest of situations, others may be less equipped to deal with stress. The answer lies in resilience, the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.
Though everyone is cut from a different cloth, has different strengths and weaknesses, notwithstanding one can train one’s mind over time. One of the ways to build resilience is through mindfulness meditation. This has been substantiated by a research study.
What is Mindfulness meditation
While there are different kinds of meditations. Mindfulness meditation comprises of focusing your mind on your experiences in the present moment. In other words, it involves paying attention to your experiences of your feelings, thoughts and surroundings. You need to experience yourself through a non-judgmental lens. You leave your judgement aside not focusing on the sense of right or wrong, shame, guilt and worries. You live in present moment as it is, free of worries of tomorrow or disappointments of the past.
When practicing mindfulness meditation, it is important to be aware of and consciously observe what is happening in both body and mind, without resisting or trying to change anything.
Benefits of mindfulness meditation
- Enhanced Resilience
- Positive attitude towards difficult situations
- Overall feeling of wellbeing
- Control over emotions, both positive and negative
- Better coping mechanism
- Increase in creativity
- Stress reliever
- Better decision-making abilities
- It doesn’t require any special equipment of place. You can practice it at the comfort of your home and at a time that is suitable to you
- Your immune function can improve
Here are few examples of mindfulness meditation:
You can achieve mindfulness in just 3 minutes through creating the mindful breathing space.
Jon Kabat Zinn, one of the leading figures in mindfulness gives you some guidance on how to practice to mindfulness.
As with the start of any other activity, it will not be easy to practice mindfulness meditation in the beginning. Our mind is a very powerful but it also has the tendency to wander. This is normal. You may find during your practice that in one second you are feeling the present moment and in the other moment, you are thinking about what to cook for dinner.
The brain has allowed us to perform extraordinary feats from discovering general relativity to painting the Sistine Chapel, from building airplanes to composing symphonies. And yet, we still forget to pick up milk on the way home. How can this be?” ― Adam Gazzaley, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World
Mindfulness can help us with this distracted mind.
Mindfulness Meditation: What you need to begin your practice.
- A comfortable and quiet place
- At least 5 minutes of time
Mindfulness Meditation Apps
There are some popular apps that you can use for practicing mindfulness meditation:
In addition to these apps the article below summarizes what in their opinion is the top ten mindfulness apps.
There are many forms of mindfulness meditation that you can choose from. If you find lack of motivation or commitment issues, you can join a group. Look out in our next post for a list of group practice.