How Being Mindful Helps You Sit Still Long Enough To Meditate
July 22, 2017
Mindfulness and meditation are two different things but one helps the other. If you meditate, you will find that you become more aware of your senses and of what you are thinking and feeling. You will remember things more easily, become more observant and less reactionary. Therefore, meditation helps you be mindful. However, many of us have conditioned our minds to be thinking and doing all day long, so that it is hard for us to sit still long enough to meditate. But this is not an excuse, it is just a bad habit, and we can change it with mindfulness.
Using breathing techniques and focusing exercises can help you quiet your mind so you can sit and meditate. Box breathing is an example of one technique that can help you get into a meditative state. Simply breathe with your mouth and eyes closed: and inhale for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 4 seconds, exhale slowly for 4 seconds, and hold the breath out for 4 seconds. Repeat this sequence 4 times and you will have given your brain and your body a little over a minute of deep focus and relaxing energy. Try it and notice how you feel. The key is to practice every day. Repetition is how we train our brain to learn a new skill and establish a new habit.
There are so many benefits to meditation that it is worth looking for a way that works for you. My favorite ways to meditate are using a mantra, as in Transcendental meditation, and also using certain applications that include high frequency soundwaves to help the brain truly relax and destress.
Mindfulness requires a commitment to pause throughout the day, to assess and choose where to focus your mind. When you do, you will find that you can more than you ever thought possible, including being able to sit for 5-20 minutes or more in a meditation practice.
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