The people of Thailand have a Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years. Mindfulness-based meditation is a traditional Buddhist practice using observation of the present moment as the primary and central focus. It is also a technique used to manage distracting thoughts and feelings by concentrating on the details and sensations of the present moment. Staying focused on the breath, for example, in a mindful way strengthens our ability to stay present, regardless of what may arise in any given moment throughout life.
Mindfulness is also very much connected to the conscious promotion of wellbeing, according to the American Psychological Association (APA). Today, the practice of mindful meditation is often centered upon a way to handle emotions and meditation is linked to a balanced and healthy mental state. This balance has become an extremely important aspect in the treatment of stress reduction, depression, drug addiction and other mental and physical conditions. Medication techniques are advocated in the reduction of stress, which is achieved by lowering the heart rate creating a reduced anxiety and encouraging a positive outlook as well as steady thinking patterns.
Metta, which translates to friendliness or loving-kindness, is also a traditional Buddhist meditation practice, which incorporates positive affirmation techniques to enable us to develop compassion toward others and ourselves. When compassion for life in all forms becomes the primary focus, it helps us to feel connected to our own lives and everything that surrounds us on a daily basis.
Some benefits of mindfulness-based meditation include:
- Increased short and long term memory
- Increased ability to absorb new information and learn new things in general
- Increased ability to problem-solve
- Increased focus and enhanced mental clarity
- Feelings of happiness and gratitude
The main goals are to free oneself of negative energy and create the ability to focus on the present moment to be able to better enjoy life to the fullest.