In Part 4 of our 6 part series on Creating Mindfulness in Uncertain Times, mindfulness teacher and emotional intelligence expert Michelle Maldonado discusses the importance of staying grounded during times of stress. Practicing mindfulness and mindfulness meditation are tools that can help you better embrace the now. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present mind, body, and external environment. Mindfulness meditation is the process that we use to train the mind to be more aware or mindful. Thus, mindfulness meditation refers to a family of mental training practices designed to help you become more aware of what is happening. Michelle shares a meditation framework for beginners and alternative ways to practice meditation for those who already have a meditation practice. Listen to learn how to catch your brain on autopilot and tools to refocus your attention to the present moment.
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What’s in this episode?
0:00 What’s in this episode?
1:30 Recap of Session 1 and 2 with Michelle
2:03 What mindfulness means
3:17 How long it takes to set a habit
3:37 Definition of mindfulness
6:36 Secular mindfulness
8:36 What is mindfulness meditation
11:03 The importance of being present
14:50 How do you stay grounded in the moment
18:15 Different ways to meditate
22:02 Silence versus guided meditation
24:23 Body scan before sleeping
25:09 Experimenting with meditation
26:00 The line between a meditative and active state
26:36 Meta-attention: bringing attention back
27:43 Why it important to be aware
30:48 Ability to be resilient and bounce back
32:58 Meditation framework
36:37 Noticing thoughts during meditation
38:54 Practicing compassion as you meditate
What you will learn:
- The importance of staying in the present
- The difference between mindfulness and meditation
- The different ways to practice meditation
- An adaptable meditation framework