Q: What is the difference between mindfulness and meditation?
A: Mindfulness is a skill and a state of awareness of the present moment; meditation is the mechanism and means through which that state can be attained and maintained.
Q: What do WiseMindGentleSoul meditation sessions entail?
A: The sessions entail a combination of meditation instruction, guided meditation, journaling, and post-meditation discussion. Both private and group formats are offered.
Q: What types of meditation does WMGS integrate into the practice?
A: WMGS draws from transcendental, mindfulness, and loving-kindness traditions while adding a unique flavor!
Q: I feel like I don’t have the time to meditate. Is it even worth it for me to come in for a session if that is the case?
A: If you feel like you don’t have time to meditate, that may be a sign that you could really use meditation to create the feeling of space in your day! We all have 24-hours to spare each day, and sure, some of us are more available than others. Yet, even ten minutes of meditation each day can make a world of difference.
Q: I have a hard time “shutting off my mind.” Is meditation still for me?
A: If you have a hard time “shutting off your mind,” then you are human, and meditation is still for you! It is often thought that the goal of meditation is to get rid of thoughts; however, WMGS meditations teach you how to distance from your thoughts rather than attempting to get rid of them.
Q: Sometimes meditation makes me feel more tired or more in pain than I was before taking part in the practice. Why is that?
A: Meditation quiets our mind and increases our awareness of the present moment. If we are tired or in pain in the present moment, then after meditation we may simply be more aware of our current state. It is this awareness that teaches us the changes we must make in our lifestyle to reach our goals.
Q: Does meditation have to be done sitting down with eyes closed?
A: There are many different ways to meditate and to use the tools of mindfulness throughout your day! One example is walking meditation, during which walking is done without a specific destination. WMGS meditations are generally done sitting down with eyes closed, but we will occasionally step outside for a walking meditation and will instruct you on how to integrate various mindfulness-based activities into your everyday life.
Q: Does meditation have to be done in silence?
A: No, but silent practice can be extremely effective. WMGS meditations use various soundscapes and music to facilitate entering deeper into the meditation.