Mindfulness Meditation

Who couldn’t use a tool for managing chronic stress, especially since the start of the pandemic?

Arguably, there has never been a better time to look into starting a regular mindfulness meditation practice. 

While it’s arguably been oversold by for-profit groups as a panacea for everything from depression to chronic pain, longtime devotees say they find mindfulness meditation is useful for letting go of worry, and coping with loss and life transitions. 

Again, those are tools that could prove more useful than ever right now.

However, there are widespread misconceptions about what mindfulness is, and what it involves. For instance, it doesn’t prevent your mind from wandering, nor are distracting thoughts a sign you’re doing it ‘wrong’. 

In fact, it’s pretty normal to find your mind drifting away from the present moment — when that happens, you just gently reel it back in by concentrating on your breath, or the sensation in a specific part of your body. 

Curious about what mindfulness might be able to do for you, or whether you might not be a good candidate to try it out?

Read more about myths and misconceptions around mindfulness, how it’s practiced, and the evidence behind it in this Good Times wellbeing feature from January/February 2018: ‘Why Mindfulness May Be Right for You.’

My heartfelt thanks to the interviewees who so generously shared their time and expertise:

 

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