How to practice mindful meditation in our everyday lives

 

Though the practice is thousands of years old, meditation found a footing in the U.S. in the 1960s. Today, it’s an essential part of wellness culture in the country.

Research shows that meditation can reduce stress and anxiety, and lead to better focus and concentration. But how do you stay focused on breathing and mindfulness in this fast-paced, hectic world we live in?

There’s a common misconception that meditating is the practice of turning off your brain or stopping your thoughts altogether. But that’s not exactly true.

Mindfulness meditation is “really about learning to be in the present moment,” says Diana Winston, director of mindfulness education at University of California, Los Angeles Mindful. She has been practicing meditation since 1989, including a year she spent as a Buddhist nun in Myanmar.

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