In the western world, the terms meditation and mindfulness are often used interchangeably. They are indeed two sides of the same coin. However, there are clear distinctions. Those distinctions are ever illuminating and ever-evolving to fit our contemporary world. The practice of meditation predates the idea of mindfulness. Mindfulness is linked to the “time of the Buddha.” Buddha discovered that focusing entirely on his breath would allow him to see reality and reach meditation more quickly.
Ancient meditation was aimed at spiritual growth and was a means for self-realization and the achievement of supreme consciousness. Historically, it is tied to religion and was a way of transcending earthly emotions to live in a more heightened state of oneness with God. Meditation is the practice in which self-perceptions become transparent and confinement by the construct of the mind is overcome. In laymen’s terms, it is the means in which we can self-regulate our limited perceptions and be in touch essentially with the essence of who we are.
Mindfulness, like other meditation practices, such as yoga, tantra, breathing, emptiness, visualization is a form of meditation. It is an action-focused practice that heightens the basic human ability to be fully present; awareness of where we are and what we are doing. It is a discipline that limits over-reaction or neutralizes overwhelmed tendencies in everyday living. When we are in the NOW, we are not obliged by the past nor are we limited by opinions of the future. Mindfulness is the fundamentals of the development of *“The Focused IQ.”
The recent popularity of Mindfulness stems from the scientific acknowledgment that the Practice of Mindfulness lowers distress; elevates mental and physical health issues; reduces dependency on opioid drugs, improves self-control and research has also recently shown that mindfulness and positive thinking has beneficial effects on the DNA of breast cancer patients.
The type of meditation exercises that I encourage is associated with several forms of meditation with a heavy emphasis on Mindfulness. Learning to be the observer and driver of your ambitions is highlighted. These exercises are designed to encourage participants to cultivate and integrate these “ways of being” into their personal and professional lives. The sooner we understand our motivations; acknowledge and let-go of our self-imposed limitations; identify and act upon our unique vision for our business and our lives, the easier it is for us to transcend the old and focus on the new. It’s time to POWER UP by Minding Your Mind©!