Mindfulness is all about being aware, which of course includes the practice of Meditation. When you are being actively mindful, you are noticing and paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and movements, and also to the effects you have on those around you. You can practice mindfulness anytime, anywhere, and with anyone by showing up and being fully engaged in the here and now. Mindfulness is the simple act of paying attention and noticing and being present in whatever you’re doing. When most people go about their daily lives, their minds wander from the actual activity they are participating in, to other thoughts or sensations.
When you’re mindful, you are actively involved in the activity with all of your senses instead of allowing your mind to wander.
Mindfulness can be practised both informally (at any time/place) and formally (during seated meditation).
Where meditation is usually practised for a specific amount of time, mindfulness can be applied to any situation throughout the day. It can be difficult for the human mind to stay in the present moment. This practise will help you tune into your surroundings and increase your present-moment awareness.
If you practice this with everyday activities—even those you have done a thousand times—you will begin to notice new things about the space you are in.
As you can see, you are practising mindfulness during formal meditation, and a formal meditation practice supports and enriches your ability to be mindful in your everyday life.
When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during seated meditation, it allows you to bring more focus, presence, and mindfulness into every other part of your life.
What’s the Difference Between Meditation and Mindfulness?
Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types if meditation-those that focus on opening your heart, expanding your awareness, calming your mind, experiencing inner space, and the list goes on. Here are some examples:
Meditation is an intentional practice, where you focus inward to increase calmness, concentration, and emotional balance. Seated meditation usually begins with deep breathing in a comfortable position, bringing all your awareness to your breath, inhales and exhales, consciously guiding the mind toward an anchor, or a single point of focus.
In meditation, you typically spend a focused chunk of time, anywhere from a minute to an hour or more, in which you are turned inward.