Do I have to meditate to practice mindfulness?

I had an interesting conversation last week with some friends who told me they wanted to be more mindful, but weren’t interested in meditating. Most of them believe in the benefits of mindfulness and want to “just do it,” but think meditation is boring, time-consuming, and unnecessary. So, what role does meditation play in mindfulness practice?

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Meditate on positive emotions to build happiness

Because our brains are attuned to potential threats, we are primed to focus on negative experiences and the emotions they arouse. It’s good, then, to know how to focus on positive events that generate positive emotions.

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Following through on meditation plans: Imagine the process

And now, Part 4 of the Follow-Through Series where you’ve already learned:

Today, let me show you how visualization can help boost your chances of successfully reaching your meditation goal.

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Following through on meditation plans: Set helpful intentions

Last week, in Part 2 of our Follow-Through Series, you used mental contrasting to help boost your commitment to your meditation goal. There’s a good body of evidence to show this technique helps people succeed in reaching goals. This week, you’re going to create plans to help you overcome obstacles that stand in your way.

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Following through on meditation plans: Use mental contrasting

Welcome to Part 2 of the Follow-Through Series. Last week, you learned that a strong motivation to achieve a result in the future doesn’t necessarily help you take daily actions to achieve that result. In the moment when you have to exert effort or do something unpleasant, you are likely to feel a strong drive to turn away from that effort in favour of an activity that gives you immediate gratification. This drive is innate and powerful, so you may not even consciously notice that a struggle is going on or that you’ve turned away from the action you intended to take. Today, you’ll learn to do mental contrasting, the first of three techniques to help you follow through on your plans to meditate.

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Following through on meditation plans – Why it’s difficult

On the first day of class, I noticed Cindy sitting in the back row. This was her third time taking the meditation course. I chatted with her on the way out after class.

“You’re back,” I said.

“Yup,” she said, “I thought maybe coming back to class would help motivate me to get meditating again. I feel so much better when I meditate, but for some reason, I just don’t do it very often.”

Cindy isn’t the first student to report this problem, and she certainly won’t be the last. It’s incredibly common for people to have trouble starting a habit, even when they’re highly motivated to do it. Other people manage to get started, but can’t sustain the practice.

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