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The Dan Leigh Show 007: The Difference Between Formal and Informal Mindfulness Practice

I have gotten tremendous benefits from mindfulness practice. Mindfulness has grown in popularity in recent years, partly because of the increased stress of modern life. However, one aspect of mindfulness practice that can be confusing is the use of the terms “formal” and “informal” mindfulness practice. The short description is that formal mindfulness practice involves meditation, while informal mindfulness practice involves turning everyday activities into mindfulness practices. But, it is a bit more complicated than that!

In this episode, I clear up and confusion you might have regarding these two distinct types of mindfulness practice.

You will learn: 

• Why informal mindfulness practice is often more formal than the name implies

• Which specific types of mindfulness meditation constitute formal practice
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