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“There are many forms of meditation, including contemplation and visualization, but mindfulness is the type where you bring your full mind to an object.” Being mindful of your breath, for example, is a common form of mindfulness during meditation.

Following your breath improves your awareness of being in the present.

Later on, different forms of meditation began developing in Buddhism and Taoism, mainly in India and China.

They’re two sides of the same coin — they complement each other, and they very often overlap.

At the same time, each has its own specific definition and purpose.

Though it’s often a fine line, here’s the main difference between the two: Meditation is a large umbrella term that encompasses the practice of reaching ultimate consciousness and concentration, to acknowledge the mind and, in a way, self-regulate it.

It can involve a lot of techniques or practices to reach this heightened level of consciousness — including compassion, love, patience, and of course, mindfulness.