Journal

The mind wanders, that's what the mind does

And every time we catch the mind wandering and bring it back to the present, we are practicing mindfulness. Meditation is like going to the gym for the brain. At any gym there are machines that help us build certain muscles and we use them to help us get in shape. What would it be like if you walked into a gym and there were no machines or weights? Just an empty space. We wouldn't be able to workout and build those muscles. When we meditate , our thoughts are like the machines at the gym, we need them in order to practice, they are part of the practice. They help us build the parts of the brain that make us respond instead of react, that make us more emotionally balanced and that help us exp

Mindfulness. It's not what you think

The most common misconception about meditation is that it requires you to clear your mind completely so it will be just blank. Mindfulness meditation is actually the opposite because it requires us to be aware of all the thoughts that our mind is generating and intentionally bring the attention from those thoughts to the present moment. What is always present? Our body. Our breath or the myriad of sensations on our body become the focus of attention instead of being caught in the story of a thought. Mindfulness is " paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment in a non-judgemental way". The default state of the mind is not the present but the past or future. It means that we need to m

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