What is the difference between Meditation and Relaxation?

You wouldn’t believe how many people think that meditation is just another form of relaxation! Wrong it’s nothing like that.

The majority of you probably think of watching television, sitting down with a glass of wine or a good book. True relaxation is something that is practiced- it is also defined by the stimulation of the relaxation response.  Some ways of conscious relaxation may become meditation and many people who do meditate find that they actually practice benefits from using a relaxation technique to find an inner stillness which could help them meditate- Interesting huh?

So what actually is the difference? Well that is a very good question because meditation can actually be relaxing: profoundly so anyway. However, even though the 2 words are often used to describe the same thing, they are completely different practices.

There are a number of different ways to relax- through certain techniques designed to achieve exactly that and others where you just do something you enjoy that makes you feel relaxed (for me it’s a glass of wine in the Jacuzzi ;) )

Meditation is however an exercise that you can practice within your head to teach your mind to be more aware. You need you understand that when you meditate relaxation is not your goal, but more of a great side effect. Compared with relaxation, meditation gives you better benefits which include focus, wellbeing and self-knowledge.

So is meditation worth just 10 minutes of your time? The why not give your head some TLC?

 

Tanja x