How Mindfulness Meditation Can Be An Antidote to Worry
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.