Is Mindfulness a Religion?

November 13, 2014 8:52 PM

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The more ubiquitous mindfulness becomes, the more people begin to ask questions about it. And let me just say for the record, I think both of those are good things. I truly believe mindfulness has the power to transform our lives and our world. And I absolutely believe that questioning is a good thing -- knowledge is power! Don't jump on the bandwagon of a trend just because it's on the cover of Time magazine and Kobe Bryant does it. As Immanuel Kant implored us to do centuries ago, "Dare to know!"

Mindfulness can be defined in many ways -- the definition I like is simple: compassionate and intentional awareness. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention -- to thoughts, physical sensations, and the environment -- without constantly feeling the need to judge what's happening or to make it...

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