Essays on Mindfulness and Meditation

Here are the links to the essays on mindfulness and meditation available on this site.

  1. Attachment and Non-Attachment: Attachment Theory and Buddhism. (2009)
  2. Right Mindfulness through Diagrams: Experimentation beyond Bare Attention. (2014) [full document at https://archive.org/details/Komagata14RightMindfulness]
  3. A Pothole Analogy Applied to the Peace of Mind. (2016)
  4. Concerns about McMindfulness. (2016)
  5. Unconditional Parenting and Secure Attachment. (2008)
  6. Mindfulness and Flow Experience. (2010)

One of the main ideas behind the above essays is as follows.  If we remember to observe ourselves and our environment directly with our own mind (by avoiding various distracters and outside influences), that would be the basis for taking well-informed action [1, 2, 3].  That is, mindfulness is the necessary condition for acting properly, as most prominently discussed and practiced by Buddhists [2].  However, when we are stuck with everyday routines, being overly obsessed with certain things, and/or being unconsciously manipulated by various forces, it is rather difficult to see this point [3, 4].  In many cases, unfortunately, we notice this only after a life-changing hardship [1].  Regardless of the starting point, mindfulness can still be useful for many of us in a variety of ways [1, 5, 6].

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