Meditation or Mindfulness, Which Do You Choose
In the 21st century as the interfaces of interaction are increasing, so are the complexities in life. We are surrounded by chaos from all the spheres of life. Be it career, family or relationships. At this point, we try all the remedies that can keep us stress-free. We take counseling sessions and appointments from doctors, but nothing seems to comfort us. We are either worried about future or are still hanging on to the past. None of this will ever help us as the past is already gone and the future is yet to happen which in turn is not in our control. We must strive to stay in the present moment. It is solely in our control and we can make the most out of it. This is what is meant by the term “Mindfulness”.
Being mindful means to dwell in the present moment. It is even our basic tendency as humans which is why it is not very difficult to attain. We have spent all our lives dwelling either on the past or fretting about the future. Never have we ever realized that none of these will ever help us so why drain our energies thinking over it. Dwell in the present moment and it will work wonders for you.
Mindfulness simply means being aware of what is happening in the present. Being present in the present. Being aware of how our thoughts respond. If we get distracted, bringing the focus back. Mindfulness lets you enjoy the moment to the fullest. Embracing the reality as it is. If you are taking a walk, feel your footsteps. Observe how you walk and feel the firm ground under your feet.
People even try to strike a balance by meditating. It is an exercise through which people strive and attain a calmer mind. Some people often think that to meditate is to have a thoughtless mind. This is not so. Of course, the target is to have the same. Meditation is to concentrate on something, which is why it is called “dhyan” in hindi. You can meditate by focusing on anything. Most common among them is to concentrate on our breath, it is readily available to us all the time. Every time you get distracted, try to refocus on your breath. This will make you calmer over a period of time.
Mindfulness and meditation both strive towards bringing a balance in your life making you calmer. It strengthens your relationships because you pay attention to what the person is saying. Instead of fretting over future, you focus on making today a better day. Consistent practice will lead to a much happier life.