Many people think mindfulness and meditation are the same. They can be seen as similar but in reality, they differ in many ways but, however, can be used with each other. For example, “Mindfulness Meditation”.
So, what is the difference between mindfulness and meditation?
Mindfulness is a quality a person can have; meditation is a practice
Mindfulness is a type of quality in a person; “To be mindful” or “to be aware” of your surroundings.
Meditation is a practice and there are many types of meditation. Some meditation types can be mindfulness, transcendental, yoga, chakra, zen, etc. Meditation is the awareness of nothing. This is where the idea of “clearing your mind” comes in. For example, you may only be practicing focusing on your breathing.
Mindfulness is the awareness of “some-thing”; Meditation is the awareness of “no-thing”
In a simple way, mindfulness is the awareness of “some-thing”, whether that’s physically around you or mentally.
Meditation is the awareness of “no-thing”.
Mindfulness can be used at any time in your life; meditation is set for a specific time
As stated earlier, Mindfullness is a quality. This quality is and can be used at any point in time; meaning it can be applied to any type of situation during your day.
For example, you can always be mindful (or aware) of every event during your day. You can be aware and in the present focusing on one thing at a time – Whether that’s feelings, behaviors, or thoughts.
Meditation is a practice and is typically exercised at a specific point in time for a specific amount of time. That’s why you always see those “5-Minute Guided Meditation” videos because you have to specifically get into the meditation state of mind.
The Relation between Mindfulness is a type of meditation
Mindfulness is always being used in meditation. This is because when you get into the state of mind of meditation, you begin to focus on one thing…your breathing. You are being “aware” of your breathing and your body…which is being mindful.
Another example can be found on Medium.com, “Mindfulness and meditation are mirror-like reflections of each other: mindfulness supports and enriches meditation, while meditation nurtures and expands mindfulness.”
Is mindfulness a form of meditation? Yes, Mindfulness Meditation is a type of meditation practice that can help you with the anxiety of racing thoughts and help you let go of the negativity in your life. According to the Mayo Clinic, “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.”
Mindfulness meditation can help calm both your mind and body; some say it’s a practice of clear mind meditation.
5 minute mindfulness meditation script
If you are interested in mindfulness mediation, check out this mindfulness meditation podcast.
Now you know the difference between mindfulness and meditation. And since you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to start meditating.
Check out the video below and learn how to clear your mind for meditation.
What are your thoughts on mindfulness and meditation?
Share some ways that help you meditate in the comments below!
Until next time…