Beyond Me Mindfulness: What is it?

After practicing mindfulness over the past few years I am coming to the conclusion that much of it is about the self.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a technique used to control and manage your stress. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is about managing psychiatric issues one may have. It seems to be a “me game”.

Many of its values are about you and you only. Even compassion-based meditation where you send good wishes, hopes for safety and health to third parties seems designed to make you feel better about yourself.

Perhaps one might say mindfulness is about technique. Meditation is for you. It improves your health.

Surely mindfulness is about more than the individual.

We should investigate a concept of “value based mindfulness” where one takes into consideration those about you more than simply you.

Using the publication “16 Guidelines for Life” we can try and bring some values into a mindfulness practice if that helps you become a better person. Of course, if mindfulness is working for you and you are happy with you no need to push the boundaries. But mindfulness should be more than “a practice” but a way of life and a Buddhist secular approach might give us some guidance.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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