Manifestation, Meditation, or Mindfulness? What's the difference and which one should you use?
Updated: Jun 26
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle nurturing lens.
Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that you are aware of your thoughts and feelings but do not judge them. You pay attention to your thoughts and feelings but do not believe they are right or wrong. You just accept them.
When you are practicing mindfulness your thoughts tune into the present moment and do not try and interpret the past or predict the future.
Types of Mindfulness:
Mindfulness of breath: Focusing your attention on the feeling of your in-breath and out-breath. Each time your mind wanders, bring your attention back non-judgmentally.
Body Mindfulness: Being aware of the physical sensations in your body from moment to moment. You can also practice this together with the awareness of breathing.
Mindfulness of sounds: Being aware of sounds as they arise and pass away. If no ambient sounds exist, you can simply listen to the silence and notice what effect doing so has for you.
Mindfulness of thoughts: Being aware of your thoughts arising in your mind and passing away and having a sense of distance between yourself and your thoughts. You allow the thoughts to come and go as they please, without judging or attaching to them.
Mindfulness of feelings: Noticing whatever feelings arise for you. In particular, you notice where you feel the emotion in your body and bring a quality of acceptance and curiosity to your emotions.There are a lot of great free resources that you can use online
There are so many amazing free resources that you can try here. Thanks to the Free Mindfulness project.
I also really like the mindfulness videos on youtube that have bells and Tibetan singing bowls.
Manifestation is intentionally creating the reality that you want. Through focusing your thinking on what is important to you, setting goals and allowing your brain to filter your environment to notice opportunities that will help you achieve your goals. The more you focus on your thoughts the more they will become important to you.
A manifestation trick I use is to focus on a goal and set a date to achieve it by and then write these out daily. These are called Affirmations and Scott Adams has an interesting post on these, check it out here.
Another great tool is the 15 Minute Manifestation, for just 15 mins a day for 21 days it can have really positive effects on your life, click below to try it.
Is the process of quieting the mind in order to spend time in thought for relaxation of the mind and body. The goal is to attain an inner state of awareness.
There is a wide range of options for people to use to meditate. Some focus on a sound or a thought or an image. It is all about which process specifically works for you. Have a play around with some different styles and see which you like. It is really important to get someone’s help when you first try a meditation practice, so make sure you do your research.
I really enjoy a form called Yoga Meditation. Try a guided Yoga Meditation here. All of these practices only take 10-15 minutes a day to completely transform your mental and physical states.
SIMPLE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS
Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
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