Meditation / 5 min reading

Mindfulness and Meditation: what's the difference and when to use each

They may sound similar, but they are actually two different - and related - ways of achieving calm and peace for your body and mind. 

Over 264 million people in the world are facing depression and sleep problems. The initial stage of depression is insomnia- a sleep problem. A night of deep sleep is a blessing- it takes all your worries and calms your depressed mind. But what if you're not getting your part of sleep? You will not be able to focus on anything, and this failure will result in nothing but depression.

Mindfulness and meditation are the two significant acts that improve your focus and heal your mind and heart. It may also help you fight insomnia and depression. Mindfulness and meditation are two different acts that reflect each other.

Meditation and mindfulness are not interchangeable, but still, they are incomplete without each other. If you want to know what the difference is and when to use them, stick till the end of the post.

Mindfulness and meditation

Mindfulness and meditation sound the same, but they don’t have the same meaning. You might have heard these two words multiple times. These two words are like the two mirrors that reflect each other. Mindfulness is the awareness of something, whereas meditation is the awareness of nothing.

So, what is the difference between them?

Difference between mindfulness and meditation

Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. It is not about becoming a new person, getting a new body, changing the heart or mind- It is about training your body, soul, and spirit. It is a practice or training that gives a healthy mindset. It is about doing the work.

There are many types of meditation including breath-awareness meditation, guided meditation,  visualization meditation, loving-kindness meditation, mantra-based meditation that focus on expanding your awareness, experiencing inner peace, opening your heart, calming your mind and so on…  

Mindfulness is a skill that built during meditation. For example, while meditating, you may have different thoughts in your mind. The ability to think or focus on those thoughts or ideas without any judgmental is called mindfulness

Mindfulness is all about being aware. You may have noticed you're distributed or disturb minded wondering about one thing or the other. You may have thousands of thoughts in your mind while doing a simple activity. Mindfulness is nothing but focusing your mind on only one thing you are doing or concentrating keenly on your surroundings.

Mindfulness is a state of being aware of your feelings, thought, surrounding, and everything else. It can be practiced everywhere, or with anyone by showing up and being fully engaged in the here and now.

Mindfulness means you are free from your worries, your future or your past – so that you can be present-minded without any distractions. It makes you fully engaged with the work you are doing at that moment. 

Mindfulness and Meditation: what's the difference

Mindfulness meditation for sleep 

Your racing thoughts may rob your sleep. You may have stressed feelings about insomnia. If you find it difficult to sleep or crawl over the bed to get good sleep, then mindfulness and meditation are the best ways for you to fight insomnia and improves your sleep.

Mindfulness will put a stop to your racing thoughts, whereas meditation will calm your body and mind. Meditation and mindfulness are the best tools for those who want to treat insomnia without any medication. It has been observed that daily meditation can help you get rid of your sleeping pills.

The plus point is that there are no side effects of mindfulness and meditation. It can also be combined with other sleeping techniques, like combining cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).

 

To practice meditation, all you need is a peaceful and silent environment. Still, the most important thing is to draw your focus while doing any meditation or mindfulness. You can quickly achieve that focus with the help of our comfortable, soft, and easy to carry Ostrichpillow Loop. It will help you meditate and can also be used during the long flight to have a peaceful sleep. It offers a total blackout sensation with a soft feeling that doesn’t disturb your eyes while doing meditation or while having a deep sleep. This multipurpose pillow is easy to carry. Having negligible weight is just a perfect choice for you. 



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