In 1979, Jon Kabat-Zinn invited mentally ill patients who did not respond well to conventional therapies to enroll in his recently developed 8-week stress-reduction plan, now called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Since then, extensive work has demonstrated how mindfulness-based approaches enhance emotional and physical health — compared to other therapeutic treatments.
The Concept of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is consciousness that emerges from paying attention, on intention, in the present moment, without judgment, and then I also add, in the context of self-understanding and wisdom.
We all take ourselves too seriously, so we feel that everyone deserves to be taken seriously. We’re becoming the hero of our own movie. The story of “me,” looking, of course, at me! And everyone else is going to be a bit of a player in our game. And then we forget that this is a make. It’s a house. And that this isn’t a game, and that there isn’t a “you” that you would possibly find if you were going to peel back.
Are you your name? Are you your age? Are you your thoughts? Are you your opinions? Are you your genetic inheritance?
And the genes, whether you meditate or feed differently, hundreds of them will be represented differently. Yeah, you’re not your inherited heritage, either. Um, who are you, then?
How much of our time we’re running the narrative of “I” “Me” and “My” that is now being associated with other brain regions that do this sort of thing narrative default mode.
And here’s when the rubber really hits the road: the problem is far more important than the diametral responses that we come up with.
The Selfing trend
And instead, we can see a trend of “selfing.” So much of our time, we’re running the narrative of “I” “Me” and “My” that is now being associated in other areas of the brain that do this sort of thing narrative default mode. So instead, mindfulness MBSR has been found to illuminate other areas, more peripheral areas, where there is no more “me” story.