By M. Bazzano
This selection of essays via best exponents of latest Buddhism and psychotherapy brings jointly appreciation and demanding evaluate of Mindfulness, a phenomenon that has swept the psychological healthiness box during the last 20 years. The sheer range and intensity of craftsmanship assembled the following light up the present presentation of Mindfulness.
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This methodology relies upon dispassionate observation of phenomena. As such, it has some parallels with the Western European philosophy known as phenomenology and those therapeutic approaches that have derived from it. ’ This phenomenological method involved increasingly ﬁne layers of investigation, which reﬁned the quality of perception by systematically eliminating the strata of common assumption and personal association. Buddhist methods of spiritual development, practised through meditation, and also through mindfulness in daily life, similarly seek to set aside the attachment-building processes of attraction and aversion, and to perceive phenomena as they exist, devoid of self-contamination.
Mindfulness meditation within a dharma setting can be considered far ‘looser’ and possibly less technique-oriented than what we ﬁnd within the protocols of MBSR and MBCT. Moreover, much instruction within a vipassan¯a retreat, for example, would take place through the medium of the ‘private interview’ where the instruction would be individually tailored to the person. Yet, if meditation practices were to be delivered in healthcare settings then that delivery would have to be conﬁgured in such a way as to be repeatable.
Yet for the human animal who delights and revels in her place, who craves security, certainty, and consolation, the sublime is banished and forgotten. As a result, life is rendered opaque and ﬂat. Each day is reduced to the repetition of familiar actions and events, which are blandly comforting, but devoid of an intensity we both yearn 37 38 After Mindfulness for and fear. We crave stimulation, we long for a temporary derangement of the senses, we seek opportunities to lose ourselves in rapture or intoxication.
After Mindfulness: New Perspectives on Psychology and Meditation by M. Bazzano