Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga are popular words these days. What do they mean?
Mindfulness is being aware of the present moment and not thinking forward or backward to the future or past. It is simply being here, now, in the raw moment with a reserved and removed awareness.
Meditation is a state of sustained concentration and focus. We have probably slipped into meditation doing the things that we love or are passionate about, like hobbies or activities.
Think about the last time you were doing something that you really enjoyed. Can you imagine it? Can you be there, in that moment?
How did you feel? Focused on what you were doing? Not thinking about anything else?
That is a state of concentrated focus, or a type of meditation.
Meditation is sustained concentration on a chosen object or idea. We can use meditation techniques to help increase our natural ability to remain concentrated on something.
There are various ways that meditation technique practice can improve our life and our relationships through:
What is Yoga?
Yoga in America is a popular way for people to be active because of yoga's various physical styles which are accessible, in one way or another, to the majority of the population.
Yoga is, however, more than just stretching or trying to empty your mind. Yoga is a science of the self, the individual; an investigation into the inner-self to understand and know the origin and essence of existence. Just as we have external empirical sciences to study the world, so the peoples of India have kept and refined the empirical internal science of self-study, or contemplative yogic meditation.
The techniques that yogic traditions employ are either devoid, or invite for the symbolic replacement, of religious icons. So they [the techniques] can easily be applied to any spectrum of human belief system from atheism to conservative orthodox traditions.