Mindfulness vs. Meditation: What’s the Difference?

Oftentimes mindfulness and meditation are used interchangeably, however they are not quite the same. The practice of mindfulness and meditation can still be used in ones daily life, which will certainly bring more peace, calm and serenity into your mental and physical space. Mindfulness is a tool that’s used to bring more awareness on the present moment, and meditation is a tool to help develop and maintain that state of mindfulness.


When you’re mindful, you can acknowledge your emotions, but you’re not being critical or stressing yourself out. Being mindful also means paying attention to your breathing and the sensations in your body. You’re totally living in the “now.”




There are many types of meditations, each has different benefits and approaches. Some meditations are more inner focused and still, while other forms of meditation can use movement and music to bring peace and calm. Verywellmind has listed several great meditations for you to choose from.

  • Breath-awareness meditation: This involves your focus on different breathing techniques.

  • Loving-kindness meditation: This involves your focus on yourself and loved ones while thinking kind and caring thoughts

  • Mantra-based meditation: This involves chanting a word or phrase, aloud or in your mind.

  • Visualization meditation: This involves using mental imagery for relaxation and to calm your mind.

  • Movement meditation: This involves focusing on body parts and movement as you take a walk.

  • Body-scan meditation: This involves scanning the body and noticing physical sensations.

  • Focus meditation: This involves focusing attention on a specific object, sound or your breathing.

Sometimes we may not have time to meditate, many of us live very face paced and busy lives. If you don’t have time to meditate you can always practice mindfulness by slowing down and focusing on your breathing, cultivating self love and self acceptance, and focusing on the present moment. Whatever form of meditation(s) you choose, you’ll certainly benefit and become more peaceful in your daily life.




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