Are mindfulness and meditation the same thing? Mindfulness is the awareness of “some-thing,” while meditation is the awareness of “no-thing.” There are many forms of meditation. Some are aimed at developing a clear and focused mind, known as ‘Clear Mind’ meditations.
How does mindfulness meditation work? Mindfulness can induce the relaxation response. This response engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for restoring the body to base levels after a stress response, calming it down by lowering the heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension.
Why is mindfulness so popular? “Mindfulness is so popular in our society because we have so many distractions and pressure on us. We have a lot of stress, and our minds are all over the place,” she says, “and it’s really distressing.” Stress is rooted in fear, which is “one of two core human emotions,” explains Jacobs, the other being love.
What is mindful meditation training? Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.