Paradoxes of Mindfulness

Paradoxes of Mindfulness This paper represents an attempt to highlight the paradoxes of mindfulness practice. Because mindfulness is a subtle form of awareness that does not stem from rational cognitive thought, its practice often involves embracing contradictions in a way that transcends logic. We first define mindfulness as involving three core aspects: intention, attention, and attitude. We then highlight four paradoxes of mindfulness that we believe to be especially salient for the field: (1) Acceptance vs. Change, (2) Escape vs. Engagement, (3) Effort vs. Non-Striving, (4) Self-Focus vs. Non-Self. Finally, we discuss the importance of ongoing dialog about these paradoxes both for practitioners and for those teaching mindfulness in clinical contexts. . . . . Keywords Mindfulness Paradox Self-compassion Acceptance Change Mindfulness is becoming widely used to decrease suffering mindfulness helps us step out of our habitual narrative and enhance personal growth. As mindfulness becomes main- streams of thought, it is challenging to describe using stream, there is a danger that its subtleties and nuances may be words. Furthermore, since many of the insights that arise missed. One major challenge inherent in mindfulness practice from mindfulness practice involve seeing the limitations is the numerous paradoxes that are woven into its very es- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mindfulness Springer Journals

Paradoxes of Mindfulness

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Psychology; Cognitive Psychology; Pediatrics; Child and School Psychology; Psychology, general; Public Health; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
1868-8527
eISSN
1868-8535
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12671-018-0957-5
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Abstract

This paper represents an attempt to highlight the paradoxes of mindfulness practice. Because mindfulness is a subtle form of awareness that does not stem from rational cognitive thought, its practice often involves embracing contradictions in a way that transcends logic. We first define mindfulness as involving three core aspects: intention, attention, and attitude. We then highlight four paradoxes of mindfulness that we believe to be especially salient for the field: (1) Acceptance vs. Change, (2) Escape vs. Engagement, (3) Effort vs. Non-Striving, (4) Self-Focus vs. Non-Self. Finally, we discuss the importance of ongoing dialog about these paradoxes both for practitioners and for those teaching mindfulness in clinical contexts. . . . . Keywords Mindfulness Paradox Self-compassion Acceptance Change Mindfulness is becoming widely used to decrease suffering mindfulness helps us step out of our habitual narrative and enhance personal growth. As mindfulness becomes main- streams of thought, it is challenging to describe using stream, there is a danger that its subtleties and nuances may be words. Furthermore, since many of the insights that arise missed. One major challenge inherent in mindfulness practice from mindfulness practice involve seeing the limitations is the numerous paradoxes that are woven into its very es-

Journal

MindfulnessSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 2, 2018

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