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What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness

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We live during a time where Eastern philosophy is beginning to seep into the mainstream Western way of life. Words like mindfulness and meditation are becoming everyday terms in Western colloquialism. The question becomes: Are these words interchangeable?

Because these terms are often used in a similar context, confusion about the differences between mindfulness and meditation is understandable. There are many ways to define, describe, and practice both, and their practical applications are incredibly intertwined.

Mindfulness and meditation embody many similarities and can overlap, but they are not exactly the same. Let’s take a closer look.

Meditation

Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types of meditation—those that focus on opening your heart, expanding your awareness, calming your mind, experiencing inner peace, and the list goes on. Here are some examples:

  • Breath-awareness meditation
  • Loving-kindness meditation
  • Mantra-based meditation
  • Visualization meditation
  • Guided meditation

Meditation is an intentional practice, where you focus inward to increase calmness, concentration, and emotional balance. Seated meditation usually begins with deep breathing in a comfortable position, bringing all your awareness to your breath—inhales and exhales—consciously guiding the mind toward an anchor, or a single point of focus. In meditation, you typically spend a focused chunk of time—anywhere from a minute to an hour or more—in which you are tuned inward.

At the Chopra Center, we teach Primordial Sound Meditationa specific type of mantra-based meditation, and recommend meditating for 30 minutes at a time, if possible. If that’s not possible for your schedule, any amount of time will help you find your center.

Simple Mantra Meditation: So Hum

Try this seated meditation with whatever time you have available.

  • Close your eyes and take one full minute to settle in by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths.
  • Start to repeat the mantra So Hum to yourself silently, slowly synching the rhythm of your breath to the mantra.
  • As you inhale, silently repeat the word “So“.
  • As you exhale, silently repeat the word “Hum“.
  • Continue breathing slowly and aligning your mantra to your breath, being careful not to rush your breath if you notice your mantra speeding up.
  • Each time you notice your mind wander, simply draw your attention back to the mantra So Hum.
  • When your time is up, gently release the mantra, taking a moment to sit quietly before opening your eyes.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about being aware, which of course includes the practice of meditation. When you are being actively mindful, you are noticing and paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and movements, and also to the effects you have on those around you.

You can practice mindfulness anytimeanywhere, and with anyone by showing up and being fully engaged in the here and now. Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and noticing and being present in whatever you’re doing. When most people go about their daily lives, their minds wander from the actual activity they are participating in, to other thoughts or sensations. When you’re mindful, you are actively involved in the activity with all of your senses instead of allowing your mind to wander.

Mindfulness can be practiced both informally (at any time/place) and formally (during seated meditation). Where meditation is usually practiced for a specific amount of time, mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day.

It can be difficult for the human mind to stay in the present moment. In fact, a recent study at Harvard found that people spend 46.9 percent of their waking hours thinking about something other than what they are doing. This kind of mindlessness is the norm, as the mind spends its time focused on the past (in regret mode), the future (in worry mode), and trying out should have’s and what if’s. The study also found that allowing the brain to run on auto-pilot like this can make people unhappy. “A wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” the researchers said.

This is where mindfulness can help. Here’s an example of an informal mindfulness practice you can try at any time of the day:

5 Senses Practice

Any time you complete a simple task—like brushing your teeth or washing your dishes, tune into your five senses—sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. For each sense, name two to three examples of the things you notice as you complete the task.

For example, when you’re brushing your teeth, you may notice:

  • The flavor of the paste on your tongue.
  • The smell of the paste coming through your nostrils.
  • The cooling sensations.
  • The way the toothbrush moves over your teeth and gums.
  • The sounds of the bristles moving back and forth in your mouth.
  • Your reflection in the bathroom mirror and the lighting in the bathroom.
  • The tingling sensation of the paste on your gums and teeth.

This practice will help you tune into your surroundings and increase your present-moment awareness. If you practice this with everyday activities—even those you have done a thousand times—you will begin to notice new things about the space you are in.

As you can see, you are practicing mindfulness during formal meditation, and a formal meditation practice supports and enriches your ability to be mindful in your everyday life. When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during seated meditation, it allows you to bring more focus, presence, and mindfulness into every other part of your life.


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Thanks to our Guest Author, Melissa Eisler
About the Author
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Melissa Eisler

Certified Leadership & Career Coach, Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Author
Melissa is the Senior Content Strategist at the Chopra Center. Also an ICF Certified Leadership and Career Coach (ACC) and certified meditation and yoga instructor, she is passionate about motivating people to live a healthy, balanced, and purposeful life. You can learn more about Melissa’s coaching practice at MelissaEisler.com . Melissa is also the author of The Type A’s Guide to Mindfulness: Meditation for Busy Minds and Busy People , a practical guide for new meditators in the modern world, and the creator of mindfulminutes.com , a…Read more
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Peacefully Jane,
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Jane’s Peaceful Way Tip of the Day

If you want peace in your life…be peaceful…

If you want abundance in your life…be grateful for your blessings…they will multiply…

If you want love in your life…be loving…

The concept of what we give out returns to us is an ancient one.  We get lost in today’s world of greed and chaos.  When you make a conscious decision to have more peace in your life, then all you do…all your work and relationships begin to change because you have changed.

Now I know we all have challenges that come in many forms.  But we are, whether we like it or not, are connected to one another.  What you decide, affects me in some way.  If you are a caring and compassionate person then you are contributing to our planet in a positive way.  However, if you are fixed and judgmental and believe only your way is the right way, then you are trying to control not to love.  Love forgives naturally and allows us to create together as we communicate, to be compassionate and to be tolerant of our differences.

We all have choices and we all have free will to live the way we decide.  I am not here to change your religious or political beliefs.  I am here to join with you to live a peaceful life.  From a peaceful heart, we will join and make good decisions for our families, communities and countries.

Love is a transformative power that is ever flowing in our universe.  It is within each heart.  We see it in a baby’s eyes and in the eyes of those who love us.  It truly is the most wondrous experience to feel loved.  We all have this inner power to share with one another.

Today, I am sending love to you because I love you! I know that I will feel your love and it will come into my life in many ways.  Join me in creating circles of flowing love today….send and open to receive…that’s the magic of giving!

Blessings of love,

Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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We all wonder about life and all its mystery. Our faith and religions try to answer our questions.  However, Mary Oliver asks a thought provoking question at the end of “The Summer Day”.  How will you answer it?

At my ‘elder’ age, I seem to be moving away from ‘planning’ to ‘being’…peaceful, happy, playful, curious, content, and compassionate.  But haven’t I been striving all my life for these qualities?  What is different, as I age, is the ‘stuff’ of life, the doing is not as important as how I am doing?  Am I keeping an open and accessible heart as I age?

I am trying to come from my heart in all my thoughts.  Some days I am really good at it.  Others, something may annoy me, and I slip out, feel angry. However, the good thing is that I am aware if I have moved out of my heart so I can consciously change back and feel differently.  I meditate and reflect on what has happened and feel more peaceful.

I think Mary Oliver wants us to be aware of the preciousness of life each day.  It is not important what you are doing but how you respond to all the pressures and chaos that can be around us, either on the news or in our personal lives.

Ask your own questions about life.  Questions move us on to examine, to explore and to create something new!  Life is an experience, ups and downs, but we can always choose love as our way.  Make a ‘plan’ but allow for openness and change so you can go with the flow of the universe.  I always think the universe has this huge design and I am part of it.  My life is important.  What I do contributes to the design.  How thrilling is that?

The Summer Day

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean-

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

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Have a precious day,

 

Peacefully, Jane

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Author ~ In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, Jane Rosalea Booth (author name)

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To live without fear is to live in the present moment with love and compassion.”

How we deal with our fears determines how we view our world.  Our world view determines how we make choices about how we live.  Our fears affect all parts of us…emotions, physical health, mental wellness, spiritual growth.  What we fear may be rooted from our past or something we are afraid might happen to us in the future.  They seem very real to us and can control our thoughts and actions.  However, if we realize that fears are our ‘what if’s’ in life it helps us to move through them and release their power over us.  By learning to release them is a huge step to healing and well-being.

However, learning to release our fears can sometimes be difficult especially if we are feeling alone and not sure what our next step should be.  This is when being in the present moment is so important.  It is only in the present moment that we can create change by shifting our present view.  For example, you may have an exam or test to complete.  Your fear is that you will fail.  In the present moment, you have not failed.  You can make the choice to study and learn as much as you can.  In the present moment, you can relax, enjoy your studies, focus on what you need to learn and only hold thoughts of success.  If the thought of failing comes in, take a deep breath, acknowledge your fear and release it.  Replace it with a positive image of your success.  I had this deep fear of failure for years.  I did not think I was smart enough to go to university.  It took me till I was 40 years old before I took the steps to try some university courses.  I put aside my fears of failing and began my studies.  Two years later, I had completed my degree…and graduated on the Dean’s Honour roll!!!

So I learned to overcome my fears by focusing in the present moment.  I had a dream of completing university and I worked hard to make it come true.  I learned that my fears were truly my ‘what if’s’ and that they are my made up thoughts…not what was really happening in the present moment.

Once you realize that you can create your future from your thoughts and feelings, life can begin to change.   There is always a new way to look at life where we can feel love and compassion for ourselves and others and this love is only created in the present moment.

So I began to open my heart to discover more about myself and to live in the present moment, instead of worrying so much about the future.  I felt grateful for what I had in my life and this made me feel much better.  Through my meditations I found wisdom about how to live more fully.  Life is ever changing with new challenges but meditation, connecting with Spirit, helps me through and keeps me balanced and peaceful through difficult times.

Mindfulness means to be present to what is, rather than losing ourselves in thoughts of what is no longer or what has not yet come. Mindfulness is an awakening to life, a nonjudgmental awareness of the wonder of the present moment.” ~ Joan Borysenko

Blessings of inner peace and love,

Jane

 

 

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Awakening the Divine Within…In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

Experience the essence of Divine within you and access parts of yourself that have been dormant (or just parts that have been resting, waiting to be stirred again!) and are now ready to come out so that you may experience and remember the spiritual awakening path that awaits you!

“Ye are a carrier of divine love

In each consciousness the call and yearning

To drink from the chalice flows

The Sacred Heart within holds the remembrance,

Of purity, simplicity, of unity of consciousness” by Jane Booth

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I created In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation, for you

  • to easily learn to meditate
  • begin to discover you own inner wisdom
  • reduce your stress and fears
  • experience a deep connection with spirit
  • discover the secret wisdom nature beings holds
  • practice transformative tools that can change your life
  • empower yourself to create the life you deserve

I share with you how meditation really helped me through some tough times.  It is amazing how your life transforms as you discover more about yourself!

Order today at Trafford or Amazon.ca.  Let me know how meditation benefits you!  I would love to hear from you.

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Happy New Year 2016 Everyone! 

May the New Year’s celebrations be full of love and joy…may we join together to create communities of diversity with love, understanding, harmony and peace that is shared by each heart…

“ When you have found the center within yourself that is the counterpart of the sacred space, you do not have to go into the forest…You can live from that center, even while you remain in relation to the world.” Joseph Campbell

Life is quite a journey that always presents us with opportunities to learn more about ourselves.  We may think that we know who we are, but something will happen that will reveal to us that we have more to learn to move into a place of peace. Most of our revelations about ourselves come from our relationships with our spouse, family or close friends but sometimes complete strangers will have a ‘message’ for us that helps us to evolve.

But we can miss these messages if we become blocked by getting caught up in wanting others to validate who we are or by wanting to be ‘right’. We want the approval or forgiveness of others and when we do not receive it, we can be weighed down by regrets and sometimes guilt. When this happens we have given away our personal power and our self-esteem lowers and even our motivation to change and grow can leave. We can enter into a shadow time where it is hard to see the light.

However, if we have learned to move inward to find a place within our consciousness where our true Essence is revealed, we can view who we truly are.  Our meditations can take us to this peaceful place where we can ask for guidance, forgiveness and healing and receive what our soul needs – unconditional love and compassion that heals and comforts us.  We can let go of our regrets, guilt and remorse and fill our hearts with Divine love, a love that is unconditional and omnipresent.  It is real, beautiful and beyond words or comprehension but we know this energy of love is what life is truly about.  It is why we are here and we are the ones to reveal it. We are here to reveal and share God’s love.

What is exciting is that millions of people are awakening and revealing this love.  We may not hear about all the loving and caring acts that take place in every moment because the media reveals so much ‘shadow’, but they are occurring and we are evolving more fully as loving beings. The light is shining in the darkest places…it is always present.

Do not try to love as if you are separate

You are not.

You are of God,

Part of the Tao.

You are within the landscape

You are elements of the seasons.

You are of both heaven and earth…

Hold true to God

Rest in the Tao

And you will be carried to where the future needs you.

                – Martin Palmer

 

Peace, Joy and Love in the New Year

Jane

 

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master , IONS Conscious Aging Workshop Facilitator, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery.  Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com   http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

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After a busy family weekend, I am enjoying the quietness of our home this morning.  Above is a picture along a nearby river dam where I often sit and meditate.  Some days when the wind is still, the river reflects to me a beautiful picture of stillness.  In meditation, I can experience moments of this kind of bliss.  When I saw this scene of the trees reflecting on the water, it reminded me how beauty is reflected back to me in so many ways.  Sometimes I miss the beauty if I am caught up in ‘doing’ things, but if I am aware…beauty is everywhere.

When we tap into the beautiful things in nature, art, people, animals, books…our consciousness opens to a new view that helps to heal any sadness or pain we may be experiencing…if only for a few moments.  These precious glimpses of ‘beauty’ are the first steps to awakening our heart to love and Self-mastery.

Begin to see the reflections of your true Self, your true ‘beauty’ by taking a few moments in silence to meditate. In meditation, open to receive and rejoice in the beauty of who you truly are.  Awaken to your heart space within, a space filled with unconditional love, peace and compassion.  Embrace the light of love. Move beyond self doubt, fears or regrets. Feel the joy of accepting love, healing, courage, strength, and unity with all.  Enjoy your sanctuary of love within…view the reflection of your beauty…

“Still is your mind

Open is your heart

It is not anywhere, not anyone

It is lightness, love of Self

To radiate your love to others

To share your joy every moment

To be one in

With All”

Jane Rosalea Booth, In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation©Copyright 2008 Jane Rosalea Booth

Peacefully, Jane

 

About Jane: Jane Rosalea Booth-Robertson, BA, CSW, an experienced holistic workshop facilitator, promotes seeing the connection of nature, art and heart centered spirituality for inner peace and spiritual self-mastery. Jane is Author of In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation. (Author name – Jane Rosalea Booth) Jane is a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, a Certified USUI Reiki Master, and creator of Peaceful Path Women’s Workshops and Retreats

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