Benefits of Meditation
Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally to things as they are.
– Jon Kabat Zinn
Mindfulness is a way of seeing things without fear, bias or assumptions
– Sharon Saltzberg
In mindfulness meditation practice we learn to pay attention to the body, to thoughts and emotions and all the sensory input in present time to more accurately assess what’s really happening and to learn to respond more appropriately. Too often it’s easy to get caught up in strong emotions or a repetitive thought or narrative that may or may not be ground in reality. When we tune in more accurate to real-time data, we are more and more able to respond appropriately which is to say more skillfully, more wisely and with more peace of mind. Another effect of training the mind in this way is that it naturally calms the mind and the nervous system, which is profoundly healing.
It’s not about quieting the mind although the mind will settle over time. It’s not about spacing out in some relaxed state although relaxed states to come. It’s about more attunement with the inner and outer world.
Anyone can do this – we all naturally have the capacity to pay attention and we can train that capacity. It’s often helpful to learn with an experienced teacher. Try out this short guided meditation below