Mindfulness

What is mindfulness ? .

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Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment,[1][2][3] which can be developed through the practice ofmeditation and other training.[2][4][5] The term “mindfulness” correlates with the Paliterm sati,[6] which is a significant element of Buddhist traditions.[7][8] In Buddhist teachings, mindfulness is utilized to develop self-knowledge and wisdom that gradually lead to what is described as enlightenment or the complete freedom from suffering.[7]The recent[when?] popularity of mindfulness in the modern context is generally considered to have been initiated by Jon Kabat-Zinn.[9][10]

Studies have shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety,[11][3] and that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry.[11][12]

 

 

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Criticism[edit]

Various scholars have criticized how mindfulness has been defined or represented in recent western psychology publications.[53][195] These modern understandings depart significantly from the accounts of mindfulness in early Buddhist texts and authoritative commentaries in the Theravada and Indian Mahayana traditions.[195]:62[196] Adam Valerio has introduced the idea that conflict between academic disciplines over how mindfulness is defined, understood, and popularly presented may be indicative of a personal, institutional, or paradigmatic battle for ownership over mindfulness, one where academics, researchers, and other writers are invested as individuals in much the same way as religious communities.[81]

The popularization of mindfulness as a “commodity”[197] has been criticized, being termed “McMindfulness” by some critics.[web 8][web 9][198] According to Safran, the popularity of mindfulness is the result of a marketing strategy:[197]“McMindfulness is the marketing of a constructed dream; an idealized lifestyle; an identity makeover.”[197][199][200]

According to Purser and Loy, mindfulness is not being used as a means to awaken to insight in the “unwholesome roots of greed, ill will and delusion,”[web 8] but reshaped into a “banal, therapeutic, self-help technique” that has the opposite effect of reinforcing those passions.[web 8] While mindfulness is marketed as a means to reduce stress, in a Buddhist context it is part of an all-embracing ethical program to foster “wise action, social harmony, and compassion.”[web 8] The privatization of mindfulness neglects the societal and organizational causes of stress and discomfort, instead propagating adaptation to these circumstances.[web 8] According to Bhikkhu Bodhi, “[A]bsent a sharp social critique, Buddhist practices could easily be used to justify and stabilize the status quo, becoming a reinforcement of consumer capitalism.”[web 8] The popularity of this new brand of mindfulness has resulted in the commercialization of meditation through self-help books, guided meditation classes, and mindfulness retreats.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness

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Now i’m no expert on anything.In fact i never even managed to pass school cert.Mainly on account of the fact that i had to dump the idea of passing, for reason that (for me) it seemed way more important that i’d escape from the exclusive brethren cult, a place where i’d experienced sex abuse that i hadn’t been able to receive professional help to help me deal with it.I wasn’t able to receive help, mainly because the brethren priest decided to keep knowledge of the problem, within the confines of the cult .The issue was swept under the carpet. I have no doubt that a number of people will have also experienced this

I’m little more than a manual worker . I have muscle that has developed,over time, through aspect of hard graft physical work (i don’t do gym workout )

 

From my point of view. Seems to me, the psychological term for mindfulness seems to involve adopting some way to kind of forget what may worry people too much, and to try to refocus the thoughts of the mind, onto something else

In my mind, perhaps even exclusive brethren practices might then be able to be reconciled with this idea of whats defined as acting mindfully?.Because the exclusive brethren Hales Hitler-style Brethren were able to refocus their own thoughts on upholding the idea, that the brethren cult was absolutely wonderful, that the brethren’s faith is all about following Gods will.And so on

Some other people will suggest that people should adopt technique such as this one i’ll post below

Now i don’t argue that this technique wont work. Wont work, so as to help refocus the mind. To refocus thoughts of the mind so that worries may indeed diminish or disappear , for some period of time, being that worrisome thoughts will then have been pushed/shifted back (or whatever the term should be), out of/away from the forefront of the human mind. Whats more, these technique are also good value as well too, so as to help make the professional psychologist earn money.

But even so, is this always a good thing to happen?

What if the human worry concerns aspect of climate change. Or war .Or the problem of cults.Population explosion, that might in fact be blowing, too fast, way out of control. And so on

Is it actually a good thing for humans to attempt to do?.To try and find some method, that humans can use, so as to refocus ,and forget problems of what might in fact even be really worthwhile them worrying about

What about that ?

If the a third world war might in fact perhaps be fast looming into sight. Would it be in the best interest for human kind, to far prefer to take up some meditative technique ,with which they will then be able to use, so as to help them to refocus and forget ? (about this problem)

And if so many humans are still (year 2018) suffering and going hungry universally worldwide. Should human worry about it, or would it be better best if humans would adopt some meditative technique , what may will help,most of, them refocus and forget ? (forget about this problem)

What is mindfulness ?

Were New Zealanders honestly acting mindfully ,and responsibly as like what good responsible citizen should do, when the NZ citizen had allowed the centrepoint commune,  the right , to be able to freely continue to cause extreme harm to a number of humans, including children and Angie Meiklejohn

Mindfulness ?

Or mindlessness ?

Worrying about problem ,isn’t easy . Worrying about problems isn’t the easiest way out.

Its hard. Right? . Can be real hard.Can be a huge struggle.Its taxing on our energy too.Totally exhausting sometimes

But

Does that really mean it’s wrong ?. That its irresponsible of us ?

Update:

Here’s an interesting thought provoking article i only just found online now ,titled , How mindfulness can help the shift toward a more sustainable society  https://theconversation.com/how-mindfulness-can-help-the-shift-towards-a-more-sustainable-society-79127

 

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Mindfulness may have been over-hyped 

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180502-does-mindfulness-really-improve-our-health

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From what i read, they seem to kind of conclude, that mindfulness might indeed “soothe the mind” and  help people put aside their worries .

I still don’t see that this research suggests how it also  will help change the world?.

Loads of religious people have been constantly involved in practice of religious meditation . But then look at the jumbled bumbling harmful mess that too much of religion still remains actively involved in partaking a huge big part of ?

Therefore i can see why the idea of benefit, might have been over-hyped ?

Perhaps taking meditation practices too far , might in turn become a form of highly dangerous mindlessness ?

In a world whats now brimming full of people involved in many different types of meditation , meditation of what can also help to prevent people from experiencing anxiety and worrying . A world that right now is in dire danger of wars that loom,of hunger and suffering (year 2018) what still remains unattended

The question might need to be

What part might have over-hype of meditation practices, helped play in creating this dangerous dilemma ?

Little use in us meditating to soothe our minds. If the need for problem solving ,might actually also require for the mind to worry?

We might just well go bury our heads in the sand?

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3  Hidden dangers of meditation

https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/3-hidden-dangers-meditation-you-should-know.html

3. It can be disempowering and keep you passive, contained and compliant.

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Is mindfulness Buddhist ? (and why it matters)

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This statement sounds strange to me, a Buddhist, for if it was placed in the context of
Sri Lanka, I would say that we are not dealing with a depressive but a good Buddhist.
The Buddhist would take one further step in generalization: it is not simply the general
hopelessness of one’s own lot; that hopelessness lies in the nature of the world,
and salvation lies in understanding and overcoming that hopelessness.
(Obeyesekere, 1985, p. 134)

http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/sharf/documents/Sharf%20Is%20Mindfulness%20Buddhist.pdf

 

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When i read philosophy connected with the life of Jesus. I read about a human being who worried . Who didn’t merely revert to practice of meditation, so as to soothe the mind so much, so as to wipe out anxiety and worry ?

Jesus is depicted as a man who was mindfully concerned

For good reason

The majority of Christians today. Too often dont act at all like Jesus

This help to explain why the faith abuses still exist. Why so few people are mindful of exactly whats still occurring within the world today ?. Why so few people are taking it upon themselves to help fix situations.

Too many are still living with the idea of a God who acts like a big-sky-daddy

They revert to meditation on this idol . And in doing so, are in fact absolving themselves of their own responsibility

About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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