How Mind­ful­ness Med­i­ta­tion Can Be An An­ti­dote to Worry

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Emily Thring is the founder of the Quiet Com­pany, a med­i­ta­tion stu­dio in Toronto that seeks to foster mind­ful ex­pe­ri­ences.

What is mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion?

It’s about fo­cus­ing on your breath in the present mo­ment and con­nect­ing with how you’re feel­ing and what you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, with­out judg­ment.

How does that prac­tice tar­get worry?

Wor­ry­ing is about fu­ture sce­nar­ios. Mind­ful­ness grounds you in the

mo­ment, re­duc­ing that anx­i­ety of what’s to come so you can be more present with what’s hap­pen­ing now.

Do these prin­ci­ples help when you’re not med­i­tat­ing?

Mind­ful­ness isn’t just about what hap­pens dur­ing the med­i­ta­tion—it’s about how it trans­lates to the rest of your life. So if you’re in a sit­u­a­tion where you get frus­trated, you have the abil­ity to stop and cen­tre your­self by slow­ing your brain down and by not re­act­ing. When you’re be­ing mind­ful, you’re tak­ing time away from your to-do list and the worry and the bus­tle so that when you come back to those things, you’ve cre­ated space for your­self. It’s like clos­ing all the tabs in your In­ter­net browser. When you re­open, you’re run­ning a lit­tle faster and you’re more con­nected to your­self.

How should one get started?

Med­i­ta­tion isn’t some­thing you do once and then feel a tremen­dous change in your life. It takes con­sis­tency and com­mit­ment. I rec­om­mend that peo­ple be­gin with a few min­utes at the same time ev­ery day. Also, join­ing a lo­cal group can help you face po­ten­tial chal­lenges as you prac­tise more fre­quently.

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