If you’re relatively new to the practice of meditation and mindfulness, you may find yourself wondering how these two seemingly interconnected practices differ.
After all, lots of people tend to use these terms interchangeably as if they are the exact same thing. And to make matters worse, the two terms are combined when referring to the practice of “mindfulness meditation.”
I have been fortunate enough to spent more than a little time unpacking the subtle differences between the two related practices.
As I have shared my understanding of the differences over the recent years, I am often surprised to meet many people who have practiced one particular style of meditation for years yet cannot fully articulate how it differs from mindfulness.
So, in a few moments, let’s demystify these differences in order to discover two very simple explanations. But first, let’s look at what the two practices have in common.
Meditation and mindfulness are practices that have been cultivated by people over thousands of years in many places, among various traditions, so naturally many different names have arisen for the various nuances of each of these fundamental practices.
However, we can distill all the different nuances of each practice into two simple explanations.