Last updated December, 2019.
note: these shorter posts originally appeared on our Facebook page.
Many people understand mindfulness and meditating intellectually, but they don't practice and apply it.
All the concepts make sense: cultivating awareness, not letting your mind use limited time and energy on regrets about the past or anxiety about the future, breaking free from conditioned behavior (and, habitual actions and reactions), no longer getting caught up in the mental noise that leads to struggles such as stress, worry, feelings of depression, issues with self-confidence, sleep problems, et cetera.
Sounds great, right?
But, understanding it intellectually only provides more information for your mind to ruminate on. Which, not-so-coincidentally, is exactly what it loves to do.
It wants to think about mindfulness and meditation. And, in doing so, it convinces you that you are receiving some benefit. But you're not.
You can't solve the problems created by the mind with the mind. You can't solve problems created by thinking with more thinking.
You have to practice and apply. If you're ready to get started, we have a free guide here.
Common questions we're asked:
Our 15-day meditation challenge - "Your inner narrative" - answers these questions and more.