Consciousness is an active area of both philosophical debates and scientific research. Consciousness Quest, rather than covering the broad spectrum of consciousness spread over multiple scientific disciplines, refocuses the quest for consciousness on a specific area where Eastern contemplative traditions, mostly in Hindu and Buddhist theories of mind, meet Western empirical research. This book is an introduction to current scientific thinking and research on consciousness and at the same time acquaints readers with the spectrum of classical and modern philosophical notions on consciousness.

Interpretations of Mindfulness

Interpretations of mindfulness

Mindfulness is distinctly an unfamiliar word for most native speakers of English—except for a section of people who practice yoga and/or adventurous Westerners attracted by Eastern philosophies. Recently, mindfulness was suddenly found to be a utilitarian concept used for psychotherapy and education, decision making in management, and parental training, and even to strengthen practitioner's moral fabric.

Western reinterpretations view mindfulness as a state-like quality that is maintained only when attention to experience is intentionally cultivated with an open, nonjudgmental orientation to experience. Mindfulness has two components: the first component involves the self-regulation of attention, and the second component involves adopting a particular orientation toward one's experiences in the present moment—an orientation that is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance.

Psychologists, psychiatrists, and ...

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