CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy often features the practise of mindfulness, and mindfulness meditation is one of the more popular meditation practises.
Mindfulness meditation involves practising being in, or being mindful of, the present moment. This may by achieved by focusing on an object, thought or feeling.
Being mindful of something is to observe, to think, and truly to comprehend it - be it an object, thought or feeling. Mindfulness is to delve deeply into what the object, thought or feeling is. To simply observe the object, thought or feeling without comprehension, that is to focus attention on acknowledging its label/name without truly comprehending it, is actually called 'Focused Attention Meditation', which will be covered in a future blog.
An example of mindfulness meditation is to pick up a leaf and begin to comprehend it on a deep level. At first, you may begin to observe its physicality - that it is green, elongated, with serrated edges. It may have a certain scent, colour and texture variances. After focusing for a while, you might begin to comprehend the life cycle of the leaf and the plant in which it grew from.
Remember to keep re-focusing your thoughts, every time they wander from the chosen focal point. Practising mindfulness meditation is a wonderful way to reduce anxiety or thoughts that jump from one subject to the next, among many other benefits.
It is a common mis-conception that meditation must be practised in silence (or with meditation music), in a seated position for extended periods. It is true for some meditation practises, but not all.
You can practise mindfulness meditation when walking, sitting or performing every day activities, it is very easy to begin to incorporate it into your life. You may practise being mindful of your cup of tea and the cup that it is contained in for a few minutes while taking a break. Perhaps you choose to be mindful of a thought that has been cycling in your head, breaking it down, and understanding its existence.
The next instalment of this Meditation Series will be; Meditation Series - Part 5 - Techniques For Practise Of Common Types Of Meditation - Focused Attention Meditation
Kylie, of Complete Vibrational Therapies, has a Diploma of Metaphysics and is qualified in meditation.
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