Mindfulness meditation is about bringing our attention to a point of focus in the present moment (either in our bodies or in the world around us). It is a noticing process, not a control process. So we are not trying to change our experiences, but instead just simply notice them with curiosity, neutrality and acceptance. Part of this process is noticing when we have become distracted away from our point of focus, which usually happens by thought (and often happens a lot!). So rather than trying to stop thought, mindfulness is about noticing thought when it appears, and then choosing to bring our attention back to our point of focus again. It’s the noticing and coming back which is building the attention muscle in our brain. So the more we do this, the more we are developing the skill of mindfulness at a neurological level, and therefore the more we be mindful throughout our day.
In this regard, mindfulness meditation is having impact at a physiological, neurological and psychological level and therefore it is not surprising that it’s a practice that has recently swept across the western world. It can be practiced anywhere at any time, with eyes open or closed, sitting or standing and it can be practiced by anyone!
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