Meditation and mindfulness are rooted in the same philosophy, they have many similarities and are often practiced together. Your health and wellbeing should benefit from doing both on a daily basis.
What is meditation?
Often forming part of a yoga routine, meditation has been practiced by civilisations across the world for centuries. Meditation is difficult to explain without doing it, but it essentially involves training your brain to focus on one particular thing that is happening right now, most commonly your breathing or a particular sound you can hear.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves training your brain to focus on what is going on in the present and concentrating on everything your senses are experiencing in the here and now – the things that you are seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting and touching at this point in time.
How can meditation and mindfulness benefit your health?
Although people have espoused the benefits of mindfulness and meditation for years, only recently has science begun to investigate. While much of this research is still in its preliminary stages, the findings are very encouraging.