What is Mindfulness Meditation? And why should I practice it?

There are many different styles of meditation, but all share a common goal – to glimpse your own peaceful source by training your mind to hold a particular focus.

All spiritual traditions have some kind of meditation practice.

A simple awareness based style of meditation called mindfulness, is a great way to begin your meditation journey.

Mindfulness is simply paying attention; to your breath, to your body and to your surroundings. You can use it not just in seated meditation, but at other times too.

As you become familiar with mindfulness meditation:

  • You will experience periods of quiet, even contentment
  • You will realise that meditation is a natural state
  • You will see how a regular practice holds you steady in times of turmoil and how creative solutions present themselves naturally

There are now more than 6,000 research studies about the physiological benefits of mindfulness meditation. Amongst other things it has been shown to:

  • Decrease heart disease and lower blood pressure
  • Decrease stress levels
  • Alleviate depression and anxiety
  • Improve your attention span
  • And this one is really interesting – to deepen you compassion for others.

We now know that meditation can change the structure of your brain. Recent studies show meditation makes your brain better at cognitive functions such as processing information and forming memories.

The Habitat Space has a Thursday evening meditation class, which is a great way to dive into the practice and experience the benefits in your own body and mind.

And, our 28 day wellness challenge, which starts on October 4, will include mindfulness as part of the experience.

Join us: You’ll be able to see the 28 days as your personal mindfulness experiment, performed in the laboratory of your own body and mind. And you’ll notice the benefits for yourself.

Lisa Allwell

 

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