The internet is flooded with definitions of meditation. While mindfulness and meditation are interrelated, they are not the same.
Mindfulness is “the awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.”John Kabat-Zinn
“Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state”Walsh and Shapiro
To me, mindfulness is about being present with my emotions, and not thinking about the past or future.
To Naval Ravikant
I loved how Naval Ravikant talks about meditation and compares it to our email inbox. To sum it up, he says, when we initially start meditating tons of emotions we carry that haven’t been dealt with will pop up and once we deal with them, we can move forward. Then as quoted by him
Eventually, you will get to a mental state of inbox zero, where now you’re just thinking about what happened yesterday. You’re kind of caught up and your mind is relatively clear and just your anxiety level goes down. You’re living more peacefully.” – Naval Ravikant
I think everyone becomes mindful at some point in their lives. Or like Eric Jorgenson author of the Almanack of Naval Ravikant: a guide to wealth and happiness.
Meditation is turning off society and listening to yourself.It only “works” when done for its own sake. Hiking is walking meditation. Journaling is writing meditation. Praying is gratitude meditation. Showering is accidental meditation. Sitting quietly is direct meditation.
Stay tuned. I will be walking you through my experience of how trekking cemented mindfulness for me in the upcoming post.