"The implication here is that every moment of your life becomes an opportunity for changing your worldview and facilitating a sustainably healthy mind."
~ David R. Vago, Ph.D.
I have to admit I’m really attracted to his model of teaching because it really articulates a very specific way of mental noting and labeling.
To be clear, this is in no way a new definition that is meant to disparage Jon Kabat-Zinn‘s widely disseminated description – Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally – but more so an attempt to dismantle the concept into component parts so that we can better study it in the laboratory.
May our sincere, imperfect efforts contribute something useful to the conversation between the contemplative traditions and neuroscience, which share the desire to reduce human suffering.
“When does your thought about the past or future arise? It arises in the present moment. And if in the present moment, you know you’re thinking about the past or future, you’re still mindful.”
~ Shinzen Young, from a public talk to the Harvard Medical School community at the Cognitive-Affecitve & Contemplative Neuroscience Laboratory