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Mindfulness Vs. Meditation: What’s The Difference?

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Meditation and mindfulness are popular techniques used to boost mental health and clarity. Even better, science backs them as viable therapies for various mental wellness concerns including anxiety, stress and depression.

The two concepts are often conflated, but while they are similar, mindfulness and meditation are practiced differently and can have varying functions. Learn more about how they differ, how they can benefit you and how to start your own mindfulness or meditation routine.

What Is Mindfulness and Meditation?

Mindfulness and meditation are similar and linked; mindfulness is sometimes referred to as a type of meditation, and vice versa. The exercises “work hand in hand,” says Peter Brooks, a meditation and mindfulness teacher in Baltimore. “You can be mindful without being in a state of meditation, but you cannot be in a state of meditation without being mindful.”

Still, the terms aren’t interchangeable, as there are key distinctions between them.

Mindfulness Can Be Practiced ‘Anywhere’

Mindfulness means being intentionally aware of the present moment with an attitude of openness and acceptance.

“In other words, mindfulness is being aware of what is going on at present without judgment,” says Julian C. Lagoy, M.D., a psychiatrist in San Jose, California at the mental health outpatient organization Mindpath Health.

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