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An Engaged Life
Primary Areas for Mindfulness
Mindfulness belongs to a body of teachings and practices around ethics, depths of clarity and a liberating wisdom.
Proponents of mindfulness need to find the appropriate language to refer to mindfulness in is relationship to the body of teachings.
Proponents need to make clear in very explicit ways that mindfulness focusses on the conditions for suffering, naming them and changing them.
1. Angry responses in meetings
Those who feel passionately concerned about unresolved issues may show frustration and anger at meetings. There is a kind of mindfulness ‘police’ who reject passionate voices in groups because such people are ‘not mindful.’
Mindfulness leaves no stone unturned. We can avoid addressing difficult issues because we know it be uncomfortable for others and ourselves. It takes a creative initiative to touch on issues that cause suffering.
3. Change in priorities
Mindfulness practices address control issues, pressure to make profit, tax avoidance, obsession with production and efficiency at the expense of employees and customers/patients.
Ethics shows itself in relationship to people, animals and the environment. State ethics in an explicit way rather than let ethics go unmentioned whether on the treatment of workers, to use of resources to recognition of needs, near and far, tax avoidance, environmental exploitation and much more.
Lifestyle contributes to stress, anxiety and exhaustion. What changes do you need to make? It is not enough to apply certain mindfulness methods and techniques to resolve stress.
Science and Neuroscience engages in research into mindfulness/meditation and its relationship to the brain. There is no single definition of mindfulness. How can one engage in scientific measurement of mindfulness with several definitions? Mindfulness also relates influences of our behaviour – for better or worse. Pharmaceutical industry employs scientists to conduct tests on meditators to develop medication to bring about the same results. The medication will become a form of control and generate side effects.
When the mind reduces obsessing around roles, personal success, income and possessions, it becomes receptive to the sense of the spiritual – in nature, religion, the arts, meditation, a sense of the infinite and much more.
Mindfulness of what really matters to us. This might include an inquiry into purpose, direction, moderation of lifestyle, empathy, respect, starting meaningful change and an active vision.
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