Life is here and now.
Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment whilst meditation is the formal practice of mindfulness which anchors ourselves in the present moment. Mindfulness is a state of being present. To me, it is different to merely being present in a room. In a sense that when you are fully being present, you enjoy something you are doing so much that you are completely unaware of anything else. This sense of oneness cultivates clarity and focus and also develops awareness of our thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Most of us live life on an auto pilot mode without paying much attention to the task at hand; either remembering the past or worrying about the future but seldom in the current moment. Practicing mindfulness will help change all of this taking control of your emotions and teaching you to pay more attention to here and now and your surroundings.
As more and more research is emerging, it is believed that we can actually strengthen and improve our brain function by harnessing neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to adapt throughout individual’s life by remodelling neural networks. Enhanced neuroplasticity has proven to upgrade the brain, achieve whole brain synchronisation and make life better as we can rewire our brain.
And scientists agree meditation is the #1 brain changer. It is often described as exercise for the mind, where you are working consciously to bring your focus and attention to the present moment. Meditation is the way of deliberately bringing our attention to where we want it to be at that moment in time. This can be achieved by focusing on our bodily sensations such as breathing or physical senses and external stimuli like sounds. Meditation trains our brain to be more happy, kind and compassionate and backed by several scientific studies, it appears to be the most proven way to develop a better brain.