Mindfulness: More Than A Stress Ball, And Not Religion

By on April 7, 2015

Mindfulness: More Than A Stress Ball, And Not Religion

Have you ever heard about mindfulness?

I bet you have. Repeatedly, and from all sorts of sources.

Unless you’ve lived under a stone (or you’re not into meditation, psychology or self-help), you might have noticed that mindfulness has become fashionable, and that everyone from firemen to executives and school kids are practicing it these days.

This mindfulness talk by Sam Harris and BigThink talks about just that, and adds that mindfulness should be something we teach and cultivate from a non-religious standpoint.

I loved every word of the talk, and Sam manages to pack a whole lot of content into just 7 minutes of video.

Here is a quoted passage from the beginning of the video:

“Mindfulness is very much “en vogue” at this moment, as many of you probably know. And it’s often taught as though is were a glorified version of an executive stress ball. It’s just a tool you want in your tool-kit – prepare you emotionally to go into a new experience with a positive attitude. You’re not hauling around baggage from the past. And that’s true.. Having focus, and having your mind in the present moment is a little bit of a superpower in situations that we’re all in, day to day. But that actually undervalues what mindfulness really is, and it’s true potential.”

He goes on to elaborate on that, the fact that “most of us spend every moment of our waking lives thinking without knowing that we’re thinking”, and the effect the thoughts have on us and how it distorts our experience and view of life.

Sam then talks about how most mindfulness teachers are teaching from a religious background, and why that is wrong in the long run.

I encourage you to listen to the whole talk yourself, and see if you agree with what he is saying.

Please comment below, and don’t forget to share!

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