Why Meditation is more than Mindfulness
Mindfulness based Stress Reduction Programs are the latest fad in meditation and stress management, so much so that many organisations think mindfulness is the only and main principle form of meditation and stress management.
Mindfulness based stress reduction programs based on the work of Jon Kabat Zinn are adapted teachings based around one aspect of meditation in buddhism, the art of mindfulness. And like many things have lost the original message behind the teachings, along the way.
But in so many way meditation is so much more and so much less, any effective meditation technique will open the door into awareness, help you to be in the moment, right in the here and now. Into a state of observation where you can witness, access and experience more peace, more stillness.
Mindfulness is a great way to teach people the act of focus on one thing at one time, but a lot of modern day mindfulness focuses too much on the mindful act rather than the mindless act. It is the hold over our mind, our beliefs, our thoughts, our worries, our anxieties that hold us in a state of anxiety, fear and stress. Most other traditional meditation acts of meditation help us let go of our distorted thoughts and help us access instantly the stillness, the peace that is present in everything.
I began studying meditation 25 years ago whilst chronically ill in my teens, since then I have studied various styles of meditation and other techniques including Quantum Entrainment which helps you access an instant stillness and peace, that is normally only achieved with dedicated, disciplines practices of meditation. Meditation can be so much more and yet be so much less than mindfulness.
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Originally published at stress-coach.co.uk on March 16, 2016.