Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation & Mindfulness, we hear so much about these two practices lately. And to be honest, we weren’t sure where one stopped and the other began. Yet, it’s an area that Sarah and I are both interested in and hope to bring into our daily lives to help keep us focused, feeling calm(er) and more relaxed. Our brains are on a constant buzz of activity and sometimes don’t you just want to quiet that hum?

Join us as we explore meditation & mindfulness at Nautilus with these upcoming events.

Winter Solstice Meditation, Saturday, 20th of December, 3-4pm. This meditation is about taking time out of our busy lives and to be present to mark this significant day. It will be about awareness of nature and in particular, the contrast of the darkness and the light, and allowing our inner wisdom shine through.
Nautilus Book Club, Thursday, 15th of January, 7-8pm. First book “Mindfulness, a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world”. This book “reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness and exhaustion”. Join us as we work our way through this 8 week mindfulness programme.
A Day of Mindfulness & Meditation with Mary Rice, Saturday, 28th of February, 10:30am-4:30pm. As Mary describes, “Living mindfully. . .the practice of slowing down, living more consciously, being fully present to ourselves, our world, and our experience. We do this by paying attention moment to moment & cultivating a non-judgemental attitude. Practice is the key, results are quiet & subtle.” Mary will cover the various aspects of mindfulness, meditation and how to make this a part of your daily life.

In the meantime, we found this article from Women’s Health Magazine to be helpful in giving a bit of clarification as to what meditation is as compared to mindfulness: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/mindfulness-vs-meditation and we’ve quoted some highlights below:

Let’s Start with Meditation
“At its core, meditation is when you intentionally set aside time to do something good for yourself,” explains Goldstein. And that’s all! Really. As long as you’re doing something good for you on purpose, whatever it is that may be, that’s meditation. “For instance, there’s exercise meditation, in which you intentionally set out to exercise to clear your mind,” says Goldstein. “There’s prayer meditation, when you intentionally send prayers out to the universe. There’s music meditation, where the whole purpose is to relax you, and the list goes on.”

So Here’s Where the Mix-Up Happens
“The confusion lies in the fact that one of the most well known types of meditation is mindfulness meditation. “Mindfulness is basically just being aware, and can be practiced both informally and formally—which is what many people don’t understand,” says Goldstein. “When you’re practicing it informally, that means that you’re simply attempting to be more aware in everything that you do—and that mentality can be infused into pretty much anything. But the formal practice of mindfulness is mindfulness meditation.

So wait. What’s mindfulness meditation, then? “That’s when you intentionally pay attention to whatever is here in the moment,” explains Goldstein. “The goal is to learn to be really present, to the point that when you feel yourself reacting a certain way in the moment later on, you’re so aware of the now that you’re then able to take a step back, and literally change your knee-jerk reaction so you do something in a different way.”

Got It?
“Phew! But here’s a quick nutshell summary, just because it’s definitely complicated: Meditation is when you intentionally set aside time to do something that’s good for you, and there are all kinds of meditations. Mindfulness is both a general awareness of the world and a formal meditation practice. It’s two things, not one. Meditation and mindfulness overlap in mindfulness meditation, which is one of the most popular types of meditation.”
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