Frequently Asked Questions
Mindfulness practice has roots in Buddhist traditions and was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn through the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. Other foundational teachers include Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldman, and Sharon Salzberg. Mindfulness is developed through the repetitive practice of non-judgmental attention to the breath.
Go with it. Accept it. Do not fight the noise and distraction by attempting to tune it out. Instead, work with it. Allow it. Receive it. You may find that the mind will calm once you accept your mental restlessness.
The changes you are experiencing are a natural part of the process, and slowing down may be opening up your emotions and dreams. Over time, accepting your present experience may improve your mood. If you find yourself falling asleep during meditation, try adjusting your lighting or positioning to stay in the moment.
Try sensing the rise and fall of the belly as you breath. Some people find it helpful to sense into the movement of the diaphragm or chest. Others find it helpful to feel the air move in and out of the nostrils.
Set a realistic practice time period each day of at least 10 minutes of formal practice. Many begin with guided audio.
Mindfulness meditation coaching and therapy both serve to enhance mental well-being but differ in their objectives, methods, professional backgrounds, focus, and duration. While mindfulness meditation focuses on cultivating present-moment awareness and acceptance to improve overall well-being, therapy addresses clinical mental health concerns and emotional issues which requires the expertise of a licensed professional. Read here for additional details.