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There are a number of definitions. Nonjudgmental awareness captures some aspect. There is conscious mindfulness and there is mindfulness in which there is no body. But when I look at an 8-week course in mindfulness, I am struck with the sense that we have taken the bones out of Dogen so that we can pick our teeth. This is my ego talking, but an ego is a point-of-view required for communication. It is Jung's filtering persona, a narrowing for presentation. Take this case in point: the Heartmath mindfulness technique of picturing a happy moment.

This is not about developing understanding.


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It is a kind of mental band-aid. But the question for mindfulness is where is the next step? This is the crux of the problem. Mindfulness as a method to medicate the mind is not mindfulness in the sense in which it originated. It is a salve that we apply to modern life.

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It should transcend a personal God and avoid dogmas and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity. I agree with it because, at its base, Buddhism is about personal experience, which is the currency of mindfulness.

I am not prone to calling myself anymore Christian than Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim, etc. Gandhi said he was all of them, which I guess is permission enough. But the above comment on Buddhism is trying to capture something that is inherent in an ideal religion: "a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.

It is hard to find the words to express such an experience in a concrete way. Ram Dass can say, 'be here now,' but this is quite an abstract instruction. If we take it in Kitaro Nishida's sense, it is pre-categorical awareness. But this is an even higher bar, even for a Buddhist, which is why many, including Shenryu Suzuki, claimed to have only rarely experienced it. Yes, you can stop or redirect thought, but is that the same thing as developing understanding from non-dual awareness? Because haiku captures the consequences of mindfulness in action. Yet the reader can, through re-experiencing the haiku, peek into the universal in the same way a child can stare at reflections in a rain drop.

This happens, that happens. Maybe there is also a kind of reflection around the cut word--like two mirrors positioned just right to capture one another into infinity. There is not one without the other. It poses an interesting question. How many paths to mindfulness are there? Mindfulness in the modern era is potentially one way, depending on the definition we agree on.

Would an 8-week course in haiku accomplish the same benefits as an 8-week course in mindfulness? There is an experiment from Mrazek and colleagues where an 8-minute mindfulness exercise is sufficient to produce behavioral change.

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Let's assume it also produces change in a mindfulness scale. Would an 8-minute haiku exercise lead to a similar change? Only then go looking for the words. This can happen in many ways. Listening is not specific to Buddhist prayer. There are many contemplative or listening practices, which range from simple silence to yoga to Lectio Divina divine reading. Even mantra is about preparing the mind to listen.

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Experimental science is a protocol for listening to the world. Let the data speak. I want to close this up by saying what I think is under the surface of this little exploration. The human mind is built to process information. If it has access to new information, it will process it. But if self-projection into the past "I wish I hadn't said that" or the future 'One day' thinking is louder than the present, then we learn little, and worse, we miss out on the present as well as making it harder to live in the present 'Did I remember to turn the oven off?

Realizing that the "explanation for you" is not only the finger your mind constantly points at itself, but something undefinably larger and more personal, at the same time. Bowen, S. Mindfulness-based relapse prevention for substance use disorders: A pilot efficacy trial. Substance Abuse , 30 4 , Gregg, J. Improving diabetes self- management through acceptance, mindfulness, and values: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 75 2 , Grossman, P.

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I've written several pieces about mindfulness, which I define as "caring attention to our present moment experience. I was so glad to see the word "wonder" in your essay.

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