By Sarah Shaw
An excerpt from Dr. Sarah Shaw's book Mindfulness: Where it Comes from and Why it Matters. This book explores the Buddhist heart of Mindfulness and is a welcome antidote to the commodification of what is an essential practice and support for so many other Buddhist meditation techniques. It explores how Mindfulness is understood, presented, and practiced in very different way across multiple Buddhist traditions and will be welcome reading or listening by all who find it.
Mindfulness as a tool for focus and stress reduction has become widespread, but there’s far more to this practice than meets the eye. This profound and transformational set of meditation techniques comes from the heart of ancient Buddhist practice. To unlock the full potential of mindfulness, it is therefore important to understand the wide variety of ways it has been articulated, emphasized, and employed across Buddhist traditions.
This clear, concise guide lays bare for us at last the foundations and breadth of the term mindfulness, from its Buddhist beginnings to its present-day expressions in secular contexts. Drawing upon years of experience through practicing, researching, and teaching mindfulness and its history, Dr. Sarah Shaw offers a complete map that provides readers, whether seasoned practitioners or those generally interested, a more grounded understanding of the world’s most popular approach to meditation.