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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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I discovered long ago that love is answer to all my problems!  But…being loving every minute of the day is the challenge!  With all the unsettling world news, each day can throw me into worry about the future.  I do not let myself be in a state of fear for very long. I retreat to my inner thoughts, close my eyes, breathe in and out, meditate, find a place within that is quiet and be there even if it is only for a few minutes.  This way I can bring myself back into the present moment, be mindful and grateful.

So there are two important things I do each day to shift me into feeling peaceful -first, stay in the present moment where I can create and make choices for my day and secondly, stay in love…with me, my spouse and family and friends and my community.

I changed the name ‘A Peaceful Way’ for my programs from a Peaceful Path, because I got to a place in my life when I realized that my life was not about a ‘pathway’ but about how I was creating and living on the pathway.  I had to decide what is my ‘way’ of living.  When I was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking, I made a vow to live in peace.  I thought I could fulfill that vow easily. However, life threw me unexpected challenges in relationships, health problems and life events.  I had days where I wasn’t feeling any peace because of expectations that didn’t happen or conflicts in relationships…pressures of daily life, raising a family, finances etc!!

My husband supported my view of a ‘peaceful life’ too, but we found we had different views and needs that would rise up.  But we both wanted peace in our lives.  We wanted to grow old and be happy.  So that meant both of us had to make some changes!!  I think we have evolved to a very nice place, not always perfectly peaceful, but where we have space for each of us to grow, create and experience a peaceful, heart centered way.

There is a third shift I would like to share with you.  My greatest shift I had years ago was when I began to trust in the unfolding mystery of the universe.  I cannot remember how I began to trust that my life was guided.  This meant I trusted in the abundance of the universe and that the right person or event would occur at the right time. I learned I had to be open and allow my intuition to guide me. I think I knew from a young child, but I discovered that being grateful and loving were the keys that allowed me to move on and be successful.

So here I am at 72 years old, feeling like 25 years old, enjoying my passions!  I know I am getting older but inside I feel so young!  Sometimes it shocks me when someone treats me like I am old lady…LOL…

So I hope you have some shifts to create peace in your life…stay in the present moment, stay in love, trust your intuition, and live in gratitude.

Peacefully, Jane

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

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As the New Year 2018 approaches, I have decided not to think about making ‘resolutions’, but to renew a vow I made in 2004, when I was ordained as a Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking by the Beloved Community with James Twyman.  I vowed to create inner peace in my life and to assist others…in my family and community to create a ‘peaceful way’.

However, there have been moments, even days, when I have moved away from being peaceful and into worry or relationship drama, both new and old memories.  Fortunately, I do not linger in anger or sadness for very long.  I move into my heart space during meditation.  I used to think about ‘forgiving others’ who may have hurt my feelings or whom I may have hurt, but now I send the love…see them surrounded by love and I see myself surrounded by love.  For me, this action is much more powerful and healing than thinking about how to forgive them.  Love just forgives naturally!

It makes my heart sing to envision 2018 filled with love.  I am blessed with a loving family and friends who fill my heart with love every day.  I know how blessed I am and am deeply grateful.  I am blessed by visitors from all over the world who visit my blog.  I thank you for your interest and for your desire for a peaceful way.

Welcome 2018!  We open our hearts to you.  We embrace our challenges and open our creative consciousness to find peaceful solutions in our lives.  In love, there is peace.

May we strive to stay centered in a loving heart in everything we create.  I am making a vow of peace for my soul, my Beloveds, my friends and my community.  May we connect around the world in one heart.

Happy New Year to all,

Peacefully, Jane

cropped-jane2-469x640 Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation

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Some morning thoughts…

Some days I want to pull up a blanket

Snuggle up with my dog

Watch the birds and squirrels play

Feel the warmth of the sun’s rays

Through the window pane

And I do take those moments

To relax, reflect, ponder my life

Sometimes tears rise up about old memories

Regrets to let go, tender thoughts of family

How I could have done things differently

But realize I would not be here now

Writing my thoughts, looking out to the woods

Hearing the waves pounding the shore

Or missing those who live away

All thoughts that bring me into my heart

Give meaning each day with deep gratitude

For every minute of my life, good and bad

I learned from them and try to integrate

Some wisdom as I move on

Into the last few years where I am free

At last, to finally be me

Young ones don’t see elders

We are invisible but that’s okay

I see them and know their struggles

Seem to be much greater than my teen years

But wait…we had Vietnam, cold war, drugs

The pill, women’s lib, civil right marches and so on

I lived through all those times

And all those years I was in search

Of understanding what life all about and who am I?

Well, I think I have a sense of who I am

I know what and who I love

I feel connected to all life, have a deep love of nature

My life has meaning while I am here

What I think, feel and do affects you

And everyone else. I am important

And so are you.  When I feel my Essence

If I can call it my essence, it feels awesome

Free and ever flowing.  My meditations

And Reiki energy have shown me light visions

That are indescribable.  I share with some friends.

One friend has even seen the same twinkling lights

That I see when we were together.  Nice to know

I am not imagining them.  Then there is ESP

Where I receive from others and also send

My thoughts to them.  It is so amazing when

They respond by e-mail or phone call

I know by what they are replying

My thoughts were received by them

I follow and trust my intuition…

So send your love to others, even those

That you don’t like…they need your love

The most…

Today, I am going for a horseback riding lesson. I love horses and am blessed by the opportunity to ride.  Follow what inspires you and brings you joy.  If you are going through difficult times, go within to listen to your inner spirit.  Take a few minutes each day to record your random thoughts!

Find comfort in sharing your love…

I am sending my love to you,

Thank you for reading my morning flow of words…unedited

Peacefully, Jane

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Jane Rosalea Brown, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master

Author In Silence, Discovering Self through Meditation (Author Name: Jane Rosalea Booth) available on Amazon.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How do we stay in an open and accessible heart when our world is revealing war, killing, poverty and political changes that seem frightening? I know those who visit this page come here because you are already peace loving people from many different cultures and religions.  I remember the words of a rabbi who was giving a lecture on spiritual peacemaking.  He said, “If you are a Jew, be a good Jew.  If you are a Muslim, be a good Muslim. If you are a Christian, be a good Christian.  If you are a Buddhist, be a good Buddhist…and so on.”  His words about ‘being good’ resonated with me and have stayed in my consciousness.  Perhaps he reminded me of my mother say, “Be a good girl Jane” or how I felt when someone said, “You are a good girl”…some childhood consciousness that I learned about the importance of being “good”.

Now can we bring our goodness into our everyday life?  Can each of us be one who is coming from a good heart to create good work, good family, good friends, good community, good countries, good sharing for those in need?

I think our goodness sustains us and keeps us seeing the light in the heart of each person.  Even those who are causing such chaos in the world have a heart.  They were a small baby  who entered the world and needed care, love and nurturing.  Those people still have the same needs but will they be awakened to the fact that there are millions and millions of people who love them?  We love them because they are part of humanity.  We do not condone their horrific deeds…but we can send the love and healing prayers for a dramatic change of their consciousness…a return to their heart.

But my words of love need to be connected with your words of love and passed on.  Love is the key and it is the power that we each have to overcome adversities.  Love moves us into action to assist those in need with compassion, to heal and to create new communities.  We must open our country to receive people in need…to share our riches with those who have none.

So how do we stay in an open and accessible heart as the wars rage on…stay in love with you…find your loving space within, that quiet space where you can feel your connection…with spirit…whatever your religious views are…embrace the light, the love, the compassion, the courage and strength that is you.

Light always outshines darkness.  If that were not true, humanity would have killed itself by now.  Together let us bring the ‘goodness’ of who we are out into the world.

Be good. Be love. Be you.

Peacefully, Jane

 

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

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I have recently completed reading Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.  It was quite a journey to read such detailed descriptions of events on every page, but I knew if I did not read carefully I would miss the essence of his words.

One character Pierre had a shift of consciousness after his war experiences that complete changed the way his world view.  Years later he reflected on the time when his consciousness change.

I may have appeared strange and queer then, he thught, but I was not so mad as I seemed. On the contrary, I was wiser and had more insight than at any other time; and I understood all that is worth understanding in life, because…I was so happy,

Pierre’s insanity consisted in not waiting , as he used to do, to discover personal grounds, which he called ‘good qualities’, in people before loving them; love filled his heart to overflowing and in loving his fellow-men without cause he never failed to discover incontestable reasons that made them worth loving.”

War and Peace , Leo Tolstoy, written (1865-69) p1333tolstoy book

Ah…if we could all have this shift…a movement into viewing each other in a loving way, a return to love.

Peacefully, Jane

Jane Rosalea Robertson, BA, CSW, USUI Reiki Master 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  next retreat May 23-25/14 Register now. http://www.innerpeacereiki.wordpress.com

 

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Peaceful Way Women’s Spring Retreat

Sacred Relationships

A retreat to reflect on the way of your soul and its evolving understanding of earthly and spiritual unity

 A weekend of relaxation to commune with the heart of nature.

 A time to enter the ‘way’, the truth and beauty of you

 A space for creating sacred imagination

 A magical time where our spirits meet and lift us into a wonderful space.

 Date: May 23-25th  

Location: Renewal Retreat Belgave ON F

or Details visit Website: http://www.peacefulpathretreat.wordpress.com

Registered now…limited space  e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com Subject: retreat registration

 

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Weekly Wednesday afternoons in Meaford, 1:30 p.m – 3:00 p.m. Enjoy relaxation skills, breathwork, mantras and meditations to connect to nature and assist our personal self-mastery. Fee: $11.30 weekly Everyone welcomed. To register: e-mail: goldenlightcentre@rogers.com    

 

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Paneurythymy  at the Reuse Fair – Earth Week

Date: April 26th Time: 8:45 a.m – 9:45 a.m.

Location: Meaford MVS Community Arena

Join us to learn a beautiful rhythmic dance exercise that awakens the body, mind and spirit   Pan, in Greek, means “all-over”, EU means “good or harmonious”, and Rhythmy means rhythmic movement. So Pan-Eu-Rhythmy means “the rhythm and harmony of the Universe”. It is a dance-exercise-meditation which can enable us to attune to the rhythm and harmony of all nature.

A Free Event –  Everyone welcomed

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