Guided Meditation and Relaxation Techniques to Experience the Present Moment
Being mindful means having self-awareness and awareness of the surrounding reality, paying attention to the present moment objectively and detached, without judgment. The word “mindfulness” literally means “awareness” in English: the practice of mindfulness can be seen as a process that leads the individual to become aware of oneself, one’s thoughts and sensations, as well as the surrounding reality.
Mindfulness Meditation: Buddhist Philosophy
This concept originates from Buddhist philosophy, which believes that psychological suffering arises from distorted perception of reality and can be alleviated through meditation and attaining enlightenment. In this sense, individuals can eliminate suffering by gaining a correct view of reality, living in the present moment, and acquiring a proper awareness of oneself and one’s emotions.
Relaxation techniques and guided mindfulness meditation have their roots in the ancient Buddhist spiritual culture, based on the “Four Noble Truths” (the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering, and the truth of the path leading to the cessation of suffering) and the Noble Eightfold Path (right view, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration).
Internalizing these teachings through this practice can help us replace reactive, automatic, and destructive behaviors in everyday life with conscious and functional choices.
The mindfulness relaxation techniques we perform in our center in Varese include:
- breathing exercises
- relaxation positions
- guided meditations.
Who Can Practice Mindfulness and Benefits
Mindfulness is a relaxation technique that can be practiced by everyone, as it brings several benefits that significantly improve the quality of life. Scientific research has shown that mindfulness meditation, in addition to preventing depression, has positive effects on brain chemistry, regulating neurotransmitters and consequently managing anxiety, stress, and anger. Moreover, it enhances creativity and emotional intelligence, helping to maintain emotional balance by recognizing and managing emotions. Mindfulness develops the ability to think without judgment, focusing attention on the present moment. Additionally, this relaxation technique increases listening skills to oneself and others, improving the quality of relationships. Mindfulness also reduces distractions and enhances concentration, improving memory and focus. Finally, the practice of mindfulness reduces pain and enhances the immune response.