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Nowadays, mindfulness and meditation are frequently used interchangeably to refer to the same thing, which can be confusing, and few people are aware of what 'mindfulness meditation' is and how it varies from any of the terms above, which can also be confusing.

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Being mindful is being aware of one's surroundings. It is the process of observing and paying attention to one's thoughts, feelings, actions, and everything else in one's life. We can practice mindfulness at any time, from anywhere, with whoever we are with, and do whatever we are doing by simply showing up and being completely involved in the present moment, no matter where we are.

Meditation is often associated with a sitting, formal practice of meditation. Various styles of meditation exist; some are focused on opening your heart, while others are focused on increasing your consciousness, others are focused on calming your mind, yet others are focused on experiencing inner peace.

Is mindfulness a form of meditation?

Mindfulness is just being aware of what is happening in the current moment without passing judgment on it. The training of attention that leads to the development of mindfulness is called meditation. Mindfulness meditation is not the sole type of meditation.

How is meditation related to mindfulness?

Focusing on the present moment while slowing down racing thoughts and letting go of negativity is the goal of mindfulness meditation, which is a mental training practice that can help you relax your mind and body. Incorporating meditation with mindfulness, which is defined as a mental state in which you are completely focused on "the present" and can accept and appreciate your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment is the goal of this practice.

Deep breathing and awareness of one's own body and thoughts are required for mindfulness meditation. There are many different techniques, but in general, it requires deep breathing and awareness of one's own body and mind. The practice of mindfulness meditation does not require any special equipment or preparation (no need for candles, essential oils, or mantras, unless you enjoy them). To begin started, all you need is a comfortable seat, three to five minutes of free time, and an open mind that is free of judgment.

What are examples of mindfulness and mindfulness practice?

1. Mindful Breathing

This exercise could be done standing or sitting at any time and in any location. It's ideal if you can sit in the meditation (lotus) position, but if you can't, don't worry.

All you need to do in whichever case is sit still for one minute and focus on your breath.

If you ever believed you'd never be able to meditate, think again. You have already made it halfway!

Why not try two or three minutes of this mind-calming exercise if you enjoyed one?

2. Mindful Observation

This practice is easy, yet it has a big impact because it helps you see and appreciate small details in your everyday life from a new perspective.

The activity is intended to reconnect us with the natural world's beauty, which is easy to overlook while we're hurrying around in the vehicle or hopping on and off trains on our way to work.

3. Mindful Awareness

This activity is meant to help you become more aware of and appreciative of simple daily chores and the results they produce.

Consider something that happens regularly and that you take for granted, such as opening a door.

Stop for a moment as you reach for the doorknob to open it and be aware of where you are, how you are feeling at the time, and where the door will lead you.

Take time to appreciate the hands that permit this process and the brain that aids your comprehension of how to use the computer when you open your computer to begin working.

4. Mindful Listening

This activity is meant to train your mind to be less influenced by past experiences and preconceptions by opening your ears to sound in a nonjudgmental way.

So much of what we "feel" is shaped by our previous experiences. We may not like a song because it reminds us of a breakup or another time in our lives when things were difficult.

The goal of this exercise is to listen to music from a neutral perspective, with a present awareness free of preconceptions.

Choose a song that you've never heard before. You might have something in your collection that you've never heard before, or you could simply turn the radio dial until anything grabs your attention.

5. Mindful Appreciation

All you have to do in this final exercise is observe five things in your day that go unnoticed most of the time.

It's up to you whether these items are objects or persons. Check off five items in a notebook by the end of the day.

The goal is to simply give thanks and appreciate the seemingly minor things in life, the ones that keep us alive but are often overlooked in our pursuit of greater and better things.

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Mindfulness practice with stress balls

Muscle tension is one of the body's reactions to fear, anxiety, and stress. This can make people feel tight, cause muscle aches and pains, and leave them weary. Consider how you react in stressful situations. Do you clench your muscles when you're worried? Muscle relaxation can be especially beneficial in circumstances where muscle tightness is a result of anxiety or stress.

Stress balls are a great method to include a sensory exercise while working on progressive muscle relaxation. We tighten and then relax muscles in Progressive Muscle Relaxation. It is a 'squeeze and release' game.

Squeezing the ball repeatedly releases tension, which helps to relieve stress. Stress balls promote blood circulation and aid in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis, as well as being used as a meditation tool!

• Reduce anxiety and stress

• Improve sleep

• Lower blood pressure

• Improve concentration and creativity

• Strengthen muscles

• Relieve arthritis pains

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