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What is Meditation?

Meditation is all about developing a calm but alert state of mind where the body is relaxed and the mind is focused but at rest.

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a type of meditation. Mindfulness is about paying attention, on purpose to the present moment. When you are present, fear and anxiety do not exist.

You have the natural resources of your breath, body and senses to support you in grounding in the present moment. On average we have approximately 60,000 thoughts per day.


When we are present, living fully in each moment, our minds are liberated from thoughts  about the past or the future which we have no control over. All thoughts are energy, the only thing you have control over is the present moment.

Through regular practice you can learn to train your mind to slow down your thought pattern.  

Mindfulness practices were inspired mainly by teachings from the Eastern World, particularly from Buddhist traditions.

 

In 1979, researcher and author Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts to treat the chronically ill. This program sparked the application of mindfulness ideas and practices in medicine for the treatment of a variety of conditions in both healthy and unhealthy people.

 

Mindfulness is a simple concept based on an appreciation of living life in the present moment, non-judgementally.

 

It nurtures greater awareness, appreciation, clarity and acceptance of present moment reality. The practice is based on being mindful of ourselves and our daily activities eg. eating, walking, our natural environment and other people.