If people hear the word “meditation”, the first thing a lot of people think is: it's something hippies used to do in the 1960's, or it's something to do with religion – especially Buddhism.
However, these are misconceptions. While meditation does form part of Buddhist rituals, it's not something directly linked to that faith – or any faith. Meditation is certainly not “new age”; in fact, it's quite ancient. It's also entering the mainstream as part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – otherwise known as CBT. This is a psychological treatment (don't let that scare you though) used by the UK's National Health Service and other healthcare providers.
Probably the most common type of meditation is known as “mindfulness”.
Basically, the goal with Mindfulness is to be “aware” and to be “present” of your own thoughts and to reflect on them. This form of meditation doesn't encourage you to try and empty your mind like some other forms of meditation; which is good, because this can be very difficult for beginners, and is often the reason why people give up on meditation. Instead, the objective with mindfulness is simply to let your thoughts “drift by like clouds in the sky”.
This allows you to become more aware of what thoughts you actually tend to have, making it easier to spot negative thought patterns that might be causing problems. This type of meditation has also been shown to reduce anxiety, almost as effectively as anxiety-reducing drugs.
In some ways, mindfulness meditation offers you an insight into your subconscious mind, as subconscious thoughts will sometimes bubble to the surface during meditation.
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