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What Is Mindfulness?

What Is Mindfulness?

We are happy to see that mindfulness is becoming more popular. But with this extra information also comes confusion.

Let's clear that up!

Definition

In his book, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Author and Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh explains it like this:

"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. Consider, for example: a magician who cuts his body into many parts and places each part in a different region--hands in the south, arms in the east, legs in the north, and then by some miraculous power lets forth a cry which reassembles whole every part of his body. Mindfulness is like that--it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life."

Mindful.org has a simple definition:

"Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us."

See: Does Your Nutrition Have You Stressed Out?

Difference between Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation are similar, but not exactly the same.

Meditation is like taking a time-out to readjust, while mindfulness is staying adjusted in the moment itself. They are both important tools in lowering stress levels, and maintaining perspective.

And you don't have to stop meditating because you want to be mindful. They don't cancel each other out. In fact, they are two means to the same end. Because of this, mindfulness and meditation work really well together.

They are like two different exercises in the same routine.

Science behind Mindfulness

happiness science

In our posts Four Reasons Why Yoga is Good for Entrepreneurs and Your Health is Your Business, we have touched upon how performing in business requires optimal health. We included mindfulness in the process.

But we aren't the only ones who believe mindfulness is good for your health.

Mindfulness has a role in psychotherapy, enhancing athletic performance, and studies show that mindfulness can help with weight loss.

Watch: Weight Lifting for the Brain

We believe that mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools in achieving total health goals, as well as an important part of preventive health programs.

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