How does meditation relate to mindfulness?
Meditation is a powerful tool, but again there are many ways to meditate. You might meditate in a focused attention practice, where your mind chooses one target, such as the breath. Another practice is an open awareness practice, when you notice the emotions, thoughts, physical sensations and other sensory information from the environment, but you do not engage them – they are just passing clouds. Both of these are challenging states of mind to achieve. In the former we drop attention from everything other than our object of focus; in the latter, we allow our minds to attend to everything, but not to engage. There are many ways to meditate. If this is a path is interesting to you, consider the resources below. For beginners, a guided meditation may be a good starting point.
How can one’s occupations relate to mindfulness?
Occupation is much broader than the colloquial definition of one’s profession, it includes any meaningful activity. One way in which to practice mindfulness is through applying these principles while engaging in occupation. Flow is potentially another analogous term for this active experience of mindfulness. Flow can be characterized as that state of consciousness where one is completely absorbed with the activity at hand, immersed in that experience (Csikszentmihalyi, 1990). Flow or mindfulness through occupation requires the individual to balance awareness and action. If meditation is not the right approach for you, think about which occupations give you this feeling total immersion and joy. Perhaps it is a sport, physical activity, art, or music that will serve as flywheels to the practice of mindfulness.