What is meditation? What is relaxation? What's the difference between meditation and relaxation?
Both meditation and relaxation are effective for the health of your mind and body. True relaxation however is different from sitting on the sofa with a book, or laying on the beach.
- True relaxation is happening when the ‘relaxation response’ is stimulated. The ‘relaxation response’ is when your body feels safe and nurtured and sends signals to your body to slow down your breathing and heart rate. It’s the opposite of the flight or fight response.
- Meditation is different to relaxation. The underlying premise of meditation is that your state of mind influences the quality of your life. Meditation is about mastering your relationship with your mind; learning to accept and observe life as it is, as well as practicing to overcome reactive thinking patterns.