The Complete Guide to Meditation

The What, Why, and How of Mindfulness Meditation

Allan Johnson, PhD
13 min readApr 11, 2022

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Meditation has been used for thousands of years to help people become aware of what is going on in their minds and bodies. By developing this awareness, we are able to step back and observe the thoughts that go through our minds, the feelings that arise in our bodies and our reactions to events around us. Meditation can help to increase self-awareness and improve our ability to make wise choices.

In meditation we learn to observe, but not judge, our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and to see how they affect the world around us and our relationships. As we learn to observe ourselves with greater awareness and clarity, we also learn to observe others with greater clarity and we are able to bring more compassion and love into our lives. We become more aware of the impact of our thoughts, feelings and behaviours on ourselves and others and are able to take a step back and recognise patterns that we have repeated.

Meditation is a process of learning to make space for ourselves, letting go of old habits and developing a sense of gentle inner presence. It is an experience of steady and uninterrupted awareness. When you meditate, you learn to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, to observe them more clearly and to become aware of the…

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Allan Johnson, PhD

Integrative Coach | Mindfulness Teacher | Academic | Books with Palgrave and Bloomsbury