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Differences between mindfulness and meditation - the complete guide

Mindfulness and meditation are often mixed, but they are two sides of the same coin.


People often think that mindfulness means meditating and meditation is mindfulness. This can be it, but both of them have so much more to them which makes them separate practices.


Both mindfulness and meditation are excellent ways to reduce stress and anxiety, anchor yourself to the present moment, increase gratitude and happiness in your life as well as make it easier to see the beauty in the world. In addition, breathing plays a vital role in both mindfulness and meditation by bringing you closer to the now.

To understand mindfulness and meditation more deeply, it’s good to look at the differences between the two.


Mindfulness and Meditation


Mindfulness and meditation – both buzzwords that seem to be very trendy at the moment. But what are they really all about?


Mindfulness and meditation have a lot in common and they are often seen as the same thing. They both aim to make your mind a calmer place and bring you closer to the present moment. Both mindfulness and meditation are excellent ways to reduce stress and anxiety, anchor yourself to the present moment, increase gratitude and happiness in your life as well as make it easier to see the beauty in the world. In addition, breathing plays a vital role in both mindfulness and meditation by bringing you closer to the now.


To understand mindfulness and meditation more deeply, it’s good to look at the differences between the two.


Meditation is about tuning in. It’s about observing your mind without any judgments and making it emptier and calmer by bringing your attention to the present moment. Meditation can be seen as completely zoning out, but in the modern day it is more about finding the connection with your inner self by observing the mind and by focusing on one thing in the present moment – most often the breath. There are multiple meditation techniques and different techniques can serve a different goal. For example, if you’re someone dealing with anxiety, there are meditation techniques that help you connect with the present moment and understand where the anxiety arises from and how to channel it.


Meditation is an excellent way to quiet a very busy mind. We all have a lot of stress, worries and anxiety in our daily lives. The things in common with all of them are that they are merely thoughts formed in the human mind and they are never in the present moment. Stress and worries are always about the past or the future, and anxiety is often caused by not being in alignment with our true selves and needs. A busy mind is always buzzing, rarely giving us a break to just be in the moment, and the surrounding society doesn’t make it any easier by demanding more and more of our attention all the time. That’s why such an ancient practice like meditation has become so popular – it provides tools to calm a busy mind and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives by tuning into our inner selves.



Mindfulness, on the other hand, is more about observing the outer world with awareness and consciousness. Very often we just rush through our days without paying any attention to our surroundings, other people and to how we feel. We might be so caught up in the stressful work that we forget to breathe properly and consequently maintain the circle of stress by taking very shallow breaths. In addition, our days are usually built around habits and routines which don’t encourage mindfulness and awareness – when we perform our daily tasks we often don’t pay any attention to what we are doing because we work on an autopilot. For example, when we cook dinner, our minds and awareness might still be at the office thinking about all the work that needs to be done in the future.


Being mindful means being mindful towards not only yourself, but also your surroundings and other people. It’s about cleaning after yourself, holding a door for the person walking behind you and being a conscious consumer. It’s about stopping to look around, seeing the clouds in the sky, smelling the flowers, hearing the music and seeing the people around you. But it’s also about tuning in to check how you feel – checking how the breath flows in and out and feeling different sensations in your body. Mindfulness can be understood as clarity; it helps you see and perceive things clearly and take every moment as it comes without holding any judgments or presumptions. So, in a nutshell, mindfulness is about seeing, feeling and hearing what is happening right now in this moment.


Mindfulness and meditation can also be differentiated based on the perspective that we want to take. From a yogic perspective meditation is a way to practise yoga. Mindfulness, on the other hand, can be seen as being in the state of yoga as well as seeing things from a place of clarity and authenticity. From a meditation perspective, mindfulness means being in a constant meditative state where we have a connection with the present moment and the breath. Another way to look at the difference is seeing meditation as a mindfulness practice. Mindfulness meditation is more about observing the present moment with awareness and connecting with it.


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