I have tried to sketch an approach to the complex phenomena that go by the name of mindfulness that both does justice to this complexity and depth, and also offers a way of thinking about mindfulness in evolutionary, ecosocial and neural terms: terms that enable us to ask questions like: where did mindfulness come from? What kind of consciousness is it? What was it for, before it was co-opted by spiritual and therapeutic kinds of discourse and practice? And how do brains do it? In essence, I am suggesting that human brains seem to have developed, for good evolutionary reasons, a degree of facility with imaginative empathy and as-if identification; and that mindfulness capitalises on this to create what is probably a uniquely human form of learning or rather unlearning.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mindfulness, learning and the brain|
|Pages (from-to)||301 - 314|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2005|