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By M. Bazzano

This selection of essays by way of prime exponents of up to date Buddhism and psychotherapy brings jointly appreciation and significant evaluate of Mindfulness, a phenomenon that has swept the psychological health and wellbeing box during the last 20 years. The sheer range and intensity of workmanship assembled right here light up the present presentation of Mindfulness.

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It happens before we have even recognised our 32 After Mindfulness associations or stories about the experience. By bringing mindfulness to this impulse, we learn to recognise the point at which the mind grasps the object. This is the point where personal investment is made in the world view. Bringing mindful awareness to vedana gives space for reactivity to dissipate rather than being acted out. Thus, by reducing the effect of our reactions, we invite a different relationship with the world. Instead of always grasping, we are more likely to perceive the objects that we encounter with respect and reverence, knowing that they exist in and of themselves, and not for our personal benefit or in order to harm us.

2000) The Connected Discourses of the Buddha (Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications). Carpenter, J. E. (1992) D¯ıgha Nik¯aya (London: Pali Text Society, Oxford University Press). Chalmers, R. (1994) Majjhima Nik¯aya (London: Pali Text Society, Oxford University Press) Gombrich, R. (2009) What the Buddha Thought (London and Oakville: Equinox). Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990) Full Catastrophe Living. How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation (London: Piatkus Books). Kabat-Zinn, J. (2011) ‘Some Reflections on the Origins of MBSR’, in Williams, W.

Mind and body unite to bring an experience that is not simply in the imagination, but rather involves the felt sense of particular muscle systems, and the process of relaxation and attentive awareness. In such awareness, the place of personal investment and interpretation gives way to a more direct and unfiltered experience of the act of sitting. The therapist, in bringing awareness of this kind to the body experience, has no room to indulge identification. Mindfulness as a Therapeutic Spirituality While those working in the public sector are unlikely to directly engage with the doctrinal principles that teachings on mindfulness propound in their professional context, I believe that it is still possible to bring the spirit of reverence and other-focused enquiry into mindfulness-based therapies.

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