Meditation vs. Mindfulness
Meditation vs. Mindfulness
Hi Sisters! I hope you’re having a SUPER SATURDAY! My favorite part of this Saturday was sitting on the deck this morning with an amazing breeze, a hot cup of tea, and a good book. I wanted to share with you guys a little insight about my experience with mediation and mindfulness. I’m sure with being an IBS sufferer that you have heard that relaxation and meditation are great ways to put your IBS symptoms at ease.
Meditation and Mindfulness can reduce cortisol levels, blood pressure, anxiety, and depression. With tangled guts like we have, meditation is sure to do us a world of good! Giving our gut a chance to relax and unwind, along with our ever churning minds. If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried to meditate. You have tried to sit still, close your eyes, and just be; but then, reality sets in. You start thinking about all the things you need to do that day, all the things you’ve done, and all the things you could be doing. It’s like that with me and yoga sometimes, too. I try to focus, but when it’s quiet, it’s like a free for all with my self talk, my mind just starts racing. The definition of meditate is: to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation. You can also meditate on an idea, so it’s not really that you’re not supposed to be thinking. But even when I try to meditate on an idea, my mind just wanders. I don’t know, I just never feel that it works for me. I’ve tried guided meditation with YouTube videos like this one Guided Meditation for Anxiety & Stress, which did help A LOT.
Recently, I was introduced to mindfulness. Mindfulness involves intentionally bringing one’s attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment. It is a type of meditative practice, tracking your breath in and out of your nostrils, touching the chair you’re sitting in, listening to the clock ticking in the room, for example.
Being extremely aware of the present, but not necessarily sitting completely still and quiet. You are paying attention, on purpose, in the present, non-judgmentally. I think the idea of focusing on the things around you make it easier to think about something that is present, versus trying to meditate with your own thoughts. Try it and let me know what you think! I even set an alarm on my phone to tell me to practice mindfulness every day. Even if you just try to start with five minutes, focusing on relaxing and thinking about the present, versus your past and future thoughts, can help in many ways!
Whether it’s meditation that’s best for you, or it’s mindfulness, BOTH are AMAZING for your physical and mental health! With Spring starting in just a few days (we Spring forward tonight, we may need to meditate about losing this hour of sleep!), let’s try to be more aware of the present. Listen to the birds singing, watch the sunrise and set, feel the breeze, smell the blooming flowers, bring new life into our spiritual selves as new life blooms on the Earth.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
XOXO, IBS Sister