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What Is Mindfulness Meditation?

Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body. It combines meditation with the practice of mindfulness, which can be defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on "the now" so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment.

Techniques can vary, but in general, mindfulness meditation involves deep breathing and awareness of body and mind. Practicing mindfulness meditation doesn't require props or preparation (no need for candles, essential oils, or mantras, unless you enjoy them). To get started, all you need is a comfortable place to sit, three to five minutes of free time, and a judgment-free mindset.

Learning mindfulness meditation is straightforward enough to practice on your own, but a teacher or program can also help you get started, particularly if you're practicing meditation for specific health reasons. Here are some simple steps to help you get started on your own. Remember, meditation is a practice, so it's never perfect. You are ready to begin now just as you are! Continue reading from VeryWellMind

Understanding Benefits of Meditation

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process may result in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.  Continue reading from Mayo Clinic

How Does Mindfulness Work?

Some experts believe that mindfulness works, in part, by helping people to accept their experiences—including painful emotions—rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance. It’s become increasingly common for mindfulness meditation to be combined with psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy. This development makes good sense, since both meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy share the common goal of helping people gain perspective on irrational, maladaptive, and self-defeating thoughts.

There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment. All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation. Continue reading from Help Guide

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Link to The No-Nonsense Meditation Book by Steven Laureys MD in the Catalog
Link to Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in the Catalog
Link to Real Change by Sharon Salzberg in the Catalog
Link to Total Meditation by Deepak Chopra MD in the Catalog
Link to Be Mindful and Simplify Your Life by Kate James in the Catalog
Link to The A to Z of Mindfulness by Anna Barnes in the Catalog
Link to Mindfulness for Beginners by John Kabat-Zinn in the Catalog
Link to A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl PhD & Elisha Goldstein PhD in Hoopla
Link to An Artful Path to Mindfulness by Janet Slom in the Catalog
Link to A Moment for Me by Catherine Orzech in the Catalog
Link to A Monk's Guide to Happiness by Gelong Thusten in the Catalog
Link to Stress Less, Accomplish More by Emily Fletcher in Hoopla
Link to Anxiety Happens: 52 Ways to Find Peace of Mind by John P Forsyth PhD & Georg H Eifert PhD in Hoopla
Link to Good Morning, I Love You by Shauna Shapiro PhD in Hoopla
Link to Stay Woke by Justin Michael Williams in Hoopla
Link to Fear Less by Dean Sluyter in Hoopla
Link to The Good Morning Mind by Theresa Puskar in the Catalog
Link to Guided Meditation for Anxiety by Mindfulness Meditation Institute in Hoopla
Link to Still Running by Vanessa Zuisei Goddard in the Catalog
Link to Be Mighty by Jill A Stoddard PhD in the Catalog
Link to Genuine Happiness: Meditation as the Path to Fulfilment by B Alan Wallace in the Catalog

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