Beginner's Mind... of Christ

Sunday, April 19, 2015

What's In A Word?

This NY Times Magazine article, "The Muddied Meaning of Mindfulness", makes some provocative points as it unpacks the current popularity of the term.  It would be a terrible shame if this wonderful word were dismissed as simply a fad at best, and at worst a conspiracy among the 1% to wring another few ounces of productivity out of its freshly-anesthetized worker-bees.  What a terrible thing to do to one of the best words in our language!

If "mindfulness" becomes a victim of its own success, we'll only have to invent another word.  And then watch helplessly as that one gets the same treatment.  Sigh....

Anyway, the thing I find most disturbing in this article is the implication that church-going is contrary to mindfulness practice.  Sheesh: how wrong can you be?!

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