Meditation takes many forms. Guided meditation involves getting comfy, closing your eyes and allowing the sound of my voice to take you on a beautiful journey. Or it can be focussing on a candle or picture, or writing or colouring.
It is an effective and immediate way of increasing wellbeing and helping to reduce stress. In fact, stress reduction is one of the most common reasons why people try meditation. Regular practise can control anxiety, boost emotional health, enhance relaxation and improve sleep.
By its very nature, meditation will generate a flow of kindness, gratitude and inner calm into all areas of your life.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment through a gentle, nurturing lens.
When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we're sensing in the present moment rather than reliving the past or imagining the future.
Mindfulness can help to relieve stress, anxiety and depression and to foster a sense of compassion and resilience in every day life. Eventually, monkey mind goes silent.
Meditation or Mindfulness? It's probably worth trying both to see what suits you best. In my experience, guided meditation is the easiest practise and a good introduction to meditation, but mindfulness is something that can easily be incorporated into busy everyday life. I use a blend of both, with a dash of hypnosis to bring about the best results.