Mindfulness: An Evolutionary Revolution

Leave the first response May 10, 2011 / Posted in Meditation, Mindfulness, The Running Mind, Uncategorized

Golden Buddha

Last night Kip and I were being driven by Dit and our Bangkok guide through rush hour traffic in downtown Bangkok on our way to a traditional Thai dance show. We had visited in the morning the Golden Buddha, the Reclining Buddha and the Jade Buddha.

Having just come from China two days before we were speaking about the impact of Buddhism on a country. Jeed brought to our attention asking us to listen as we inched our way along the clogged traffic. I listened and asked: What am I listening for?” I could hear the sound of the scooters and motorcycles weaving past us on both sides. I could hear the sound of cars, trucks, buses, putt-putts.

He asked: Can you notice there’s no horn honking? I listened. He was right. After Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, and Beijing and all the honking, even though it is outlawed if you’re caught. Still the honking was part of the Chinese traffic jam cacophony. There was no honking as we continues to move slowly along. When we broke from the jam and picked up speed, I listened and until we arrived at the dinner theater I did hear one honk. Then I asked myself: “I wonder if they’re not Thai?”

Mindfulness Revolution

Mindfulness Revolution

The impact of Mindfulness is a revolution that has been evolutionary over the past 2554 years when Buddha was born.

The book Mindfulness Revolution is edited by Barry Boyce and published by Shambhala Press. Barry gives a great presentation on the various ways mindfulness is being applied today in various professions. The spay “from health care to education, from performing arts to business—to improve effectiveness and enhance well-being.”

Selections include:

• Leading thinking Jon Kabat-Zinn on the essence of mindfulness, stress reduction, and positive change
• Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on the transformative power of mindful breathing
• Professor of psychiatry Daniel Siegel, MD, on how mindfulness benefits the brain
• Physician and meditation teacher Jan Chozen Bays, MD, on how and why to practice mindful eating
• Pioneering psychologist Ellen Langer on how mindfulness can change the understanding and treatment of disease
• Leadership coach Michael Carroll on practicing mindfulness at work
• Psychologist Daniel Goleman on a mindful approach to shopping and consuming
• Pianist Madeline Bruser on how mindfulness can help us overcome performance anxiety
• and much more

Also you can go to Shambhala Sun’s site: Mindful: Living with Awareness and Compassion.

I have always loved the New Yorker cartoon that Mimi Guarneri, Medical Director of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine uses in her slide presentation on heart disease and stress. It shows a guy stuck in traffic with a big smile on his face saying to his front seat passenger: “Isn’t this great traffic.”

Last night, “It was great traffic” in Bangkok

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