MBS Blog — #9 Mindfulness Meditation
I have been a devoted and passionate teacher of mindfulness meditation for about 15 years. Many people have misconceptions about meditation. The most common misperception is that meditation is about relaxing. Of course, meditation may be relaxing at times, but not always and the intent is not relaxation, but obtaining a better understanding of yourself, and learning to respond to body sensations and thoughts/emotions more deliberately, and learning to live fully in the moments of our lives. Mindfulness meditation is a form of meditation that asks people to simply pay very close attention to the here and now, to the present moment, to what is happening right now, whatever that may be. One of the great things about mindfulness is that one can practice it at any moment, no mater what you are doing or what is going on. That makes it quite useful as a way to cope with the ups and downs of life.
The reason to learn mindfulness meditation techniques for people with Mind Body syndrome is that it can help a great deal in learning to live fully in the present and to learn to let go of some of the things that tend to perpetuate MBS, such as fear, anxiety, sadness, issues from the past, or worries about the future.