Mindfulness. It’s a word you would have heard thrown around many settings – but do you actually know what it means? Mindfulness became one of those buzz words that took on a bit of an umbrella term definition of late, and as a result there are a few common misconceptions related to it as a concept. What it is, how to practice it, when to do it… Let’s clear up a few common misconceptions about mindfulness.
- Mindfulness and meditation are the same thing…right?
Incorrect, but they are related! Mindfulness is a way of being and seeing the world. Meditation is the practice we use to strengthen our ability to be mindful. Think of mindfulness as fitness for your mind, and meditation as training!
- I need to turn my brain off when I meditate
No one can do that! You may have heard terms like ‘clear your mind’ or ‘empty your mind’ which can be a bit misleading. When we meditate, we’re working to build a different relationship with our thoughts. Rather than be consumed by them, we learn to put space between ourselves and our thoughts, so that we have room to consider different perspectives and take a breath.
- I need to meditate for a long time for it to work
Just like with your physical fitness, it’s the small steps that make the biggest difference. It only takes a few minutes of meditation a day to help your mind benefit from the practice.
- If I can’t meditate in the morning there’s no point
Meditation can be done at any time of day! Work it in wherever you have a bit of time and can find a quite spot. First thing in the morning, on your lunch break, just before bed – anytime is a good time.
Curious about incorporating some practices into your day to work on your mindfulness? Check out the partnership we have with the incredible team at Smiling Mind – Australia’s leading non-for-profit meditation program.