Meditation takes many forms, one of the most common meditation techniques is called mindfulness meditation. This practice can be used as a daily routine and be one of very effective and simple ways to cope with any unexpected stressful experience or just release the weight of worries of family life, work or study environments.
Millennia of Tradition
Mindfulness is perhaps one of the most commonly used meditation practices in the contemporary world. This meditation method originated thousands of years ago from an ancient Buddhist tradition called Samatha, which is often translated as the “tranquility of the mind”, or “mind-calmness”. The practitioner trains the mind on a singular object or function to achieve greater awareness in the moment, in simple words here and now.
How Mindfulness Meditation Works
Breathing is key to mindfulness. The individual focuses their breath — observing when and how the air enters and leaves the lungs. If any thoughts, feelings, or physical sensations occur, then the practitioner acknowledges them without judging. After that, the person simply refocuses on the breathing exercises.
This practice can be a great way to manage stress or reduce anxiety. It can also be used as a relaxation routine to give your body and mind a rest.
There are many studies that find mindful meditation along with other techniques a valuable way to create new patterns of positive thought, remove toxicity and replenish natural balance and wellbeing.
Mindfulness meditation works because of the brain’s ability to rewire itself. Neuroplasticity is the technical term for this ability in our brains. In other words, the process of mindful meditation connects the brain to a peaceful state of mind through which the brain itself can be rewired to make positive thoughts appear more often.
Memories and Thoughts
The area of your brain that creates the chemicals that turn into emotions doesn’t know the difference between real-world experience and memories. People who have had negative experiences can recreate those negative feelings through their memories. Because of this, their brain can be triggered by negative thoughts in the present even though the real experience occurred in the past. Mindful meditation, when properly applied, can recreate these negative thoughts into neutral and even positive thoughts by triggering the mind with memories of positive experiences.
“Mindfulness is perhaps one of the most commonly used meditation practices in the contemporary world.”
The habit of practicing mindful meditation can be an excellent path to better understanding ourselves and achieving self-awareness.
Even though mindful meditation is simple in that it doesn’t require any specific talent to practice, people seeking optimal results may need a coach or psychotherapist. Working with a professional will allow the mindfulness practitioner to use meditation and other methods to solve more complex personal difficulties or challenges.
Alina Sosa-Perez Psychotherapist
Do you have anxiety or another issue that could be managed through mindfulness? If so, Alina Sosa-Perez is a licensed psychotherapist trained to teach mindfulness meditation. She also has the experience to recommend additional methods to help you better manage your anxiety including:
- Prioritizing and delegating tasks in order to reduce stress levels and achieve a better work/life balance,
- Practicing deep breathing, other forms of meditation, yoga, and other relaxation techniques
- Replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts
- Establishing a support network with the knowledge of when to call upon it
- Practicing physical exercise to release endorphins in the brain that bring feelings of well-being and positivity
Alina will work closely with you to develop the habits and mechanisms needed to bring improvements to your life.
If you would like to learn how Alina can help, contact her today for a confidential consultation.