“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Budda

Many of us who hear ‘meditation practices‘ immediately equate it to some new-age mumbo-jumbo. Right off the bat, many of us would dismiss it through the many variations of ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘it’s not for me.’ 

Let’s dispel that notion quickly: meditation isn’t solely about ’emptying the mind’ or going into a trance. Mindfulness, in particular, is about being aware of what’s in front of you. It’s about being present, something many of us likely don’t do regularly. Life and its obligations consume us so much that we forget to stop and smell the roses, literally and figuratively. 

A grayscale shot of a young soldier praying while kneeling on a dry grass

Soldiers need to practice mindfulness, too. You go into battle with an absent mind and risk being in a seriously compromising situation that’s a matter of life and death. It’s a simple yet often-downplayed truth. 

As the title suggests, we’re here to demystify meditation practices and hopefully translate them into our daily lives. 

Mindfulness vs. Meditation Practices

Yes, there is a thin line between mindfulness and meditation. To help us understand it better, here’s an explanation from Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL turned Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 

“Mindfulness is useful, and for many, is all that they need. But it does not deal with the underlying issues of the pain of the past and the stress of the future.”

“That is where meditation can take you to a completely different level of consciousness and spirituality. Meditation takes those intrusive thoughts, feelings, or stress and simply asks a question: ‘Why is this bothering me?'”