COMPARING THE BUDDHIST FORM OF MINDFULNESS WITH THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH.

At the core of any comparison between these two approaches definitions play a critical role. Let’s begin with the term “Mind.”Here’s a common definition:

“The faculty of a human or other animal by which it thinks, perceives, feels, remembers, or desires”

This is fine up to a point. Except, it leaves much about the mind unanswered.  Where is it located? What is its role in conjunction with our brain? What is its purpose?

In the Buddhist tradition the mind is akin to the heart within each of us. It serves as a balancing point between our primal animal instincts and our morals and ethics of being human.

In the more modern world of today the leaders in the neuropsychological world will tell us that the mind is an integral part of our brain. It is where the human mind is changed through new electrical impulse being introduced.  

Both positions have remarkable similarity in what the role of the mind is. Perhaps the biggest point of disagreement has to do with how the  human mind is changed. For one change occurs s the result of electro-chemical input while the other might say that change results from our receiving and interpreting new data.

So, how does is this new data get used?. By being MINDFUL of what is going on around you. In your mindful state you would follow a step-by-step process similar to this: Awareness or identification - Acceptance - Judgement - Action

CHANGING YOUR MIND  2018  | e-mail: jim@changingyourmind.net

There are several reasons that this site has been created. High on that list is to offer a place where dialogue on the topic of the connection between mindfulness, Buddhism and being human can occur. Here are the basic assumptions that this site holds:

The Buddhist philosophy foreshadows the human qualities found on one’s chosen path. A path that allows us to rise above the suffering (dukkha) encountered in life.The Buddhist way of life is found in these Four Noble Truths:

1.  Suffering, pain, and misery exist in life

2.  Suffering arises from attachment to desires

3.  Suffering ceases when attachment to desire ceases

4.  Freedom from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path

This Eightfold path consists of the following ways:

Insight, wisdom (Sanskrit: prajñā, Pāli: paññā):

1. Right view

2. Right resolve

Moral virtue (Sanskrit: śīla, Pāli: sīla):

3. Right speech

4. Right action

5. Right livelihood

Meditation (Sanskrit and Pāli: samādhi):

6. Right effort

7. Right mindfulness

8. Right concentration

There is an almost overwhelming amount of thoughts, ideas and challenges up for discussion. In order to meet this and other great benefits yet to come, soon we will establish a member’s only interactive area within the site. It will be password and firewall protected, have the capability for either audio or visual communications, allow for storage and access to discussions by members. This feature is in the final planning stage and will soon appear right here. Our first step will be establishing a text based interactive system available to those who purchase a membership.

Access to the “Member Only” area will be offered at no charge to those who purchase any one of my offerings or at a very nominal fee for the public. I also plan on offering a limited number of scholarships.