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Mindfulness vs. Meditation: The Subtle Difference

In the world we live in today, the words mindfulness and meditation have been

recognized as ways to foster mental well-being. Many have often used mindfulness and meditation interchangeably, yet they represent distinct practices, each with unique

benefits and approaches.





At its core, mindfulness can be simply seen as active awareness of the present moment

without judgment. You may have even practiced it at some point in your day, such as

paying attention to thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the surrounding

environment. This practice cultivates a heightened sense of clarity, focus, and acceptance, which

fosters resilience when challenges come your way.


Now, shifting to meditation offers a subtle difference. It is a deliberate practice meant to achieve a heightened state of consciousness and inner peace. It embraces many techniques, from focusing on breathing or a mantra to visualization and loving-kindness meditation. Meditation can be challenging at first since you may recognize your thoughts wandering or unable to concentrate. Still, through consistent practice, meditation promotes a deep sense of tranquillity, emotional balance, and self-

awareness.


While mindfulness can be considered a component of meditation, meditation

incorporates a broader spectrum of techniques and goals. Mindfulness serves as a

gateway to meditation, providing the foundation to create a deeper state of consciousness.


Mindfulness and meditation are complementary practices, offering unique pathways to

self-discovery, inner peace, and holistic well-being. Incorporating both into your lives

can lead to profound shifts in perception and a deeper connection to ourselves and the

world around us.


Looking to gain support in mindfulness or meditation? Please connect with us to begin your therapeutic journey (email: admin@lavenderpsychotherapy.com)

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