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What is mindfulness? – an interesting perspective

In All articles, Making sense of mindfulness by Norman Lamont

Engraving of birds at a nestHere’s an article by Mark Leonard which offers a good roundup of different aspects of meditation in mindfulness.

I particularly like the way he joins the dots between sitting meditation, body awareness, self-compassion, and deeper experiences.

Introduction

There’s a great deal of information on how to practice mindfulness meditation but it can be hard to understand how and why things are done in certain ways. Part of the reason for this is because mindfulness meditation, as we know it today, normally combines elements from a variety of different Eastern meditation traditions (modern secular Buddhist insight meditation) with cognitive science.

This article explains the different stages in mindfulness meditation based on brining together a selection of useful ideas from modern secular Buddhist insight meditation, Tibetan meditation practice and interdisciplinary subjects that are not, as yet, well integrated (which is largely to do with the way academic disciplines resist cross-fertilisation of ideas). Explaining mindfulness meditation like this has come from many years of study, learning from traditional and secular Buddhist teachers, personal practice and practical experience; training to teach Mindfulness-based Cognitve Therapy at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, teaching thirty or so courses based on the best selling self-help book, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World, by Professor Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman, dozens of introductory workshops and drop-in classes to corporate clients, students at Oxford University and the general public.

(Read the rest of the article at http://www.mindfulness4change.com/what-is-mindfulness/)