The jury remains out in its judgement of the value of mindfulness In the United states. Compare this with mindfulness in the east, its land of origin 300 centuries ago. The western version of mindfulness remains rooted in the science of psychology while in the east mindfulness is rooted in the experiences of human living. It is the latter path that stop - look-listen chooses to follow.
The Ways of the East
A strong spiritual element
Communal & Personal Responsibility
The Thinking of the West
An emphasis on ease of learning.
The compartmentalization of the mind, body & spirit
The popularization of mindfulness through marketing
THE ROLE OF MINDFULNESS IN RELIGION
A primary question asked regarding mindfulness and personal beliefs is this: “Can I practice the type of mindfulness written about here and still follow my faith/tradition/belief?” Yes! Consider this; among the primary faiths practiced in the West are Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The one aspect shared by each is a call to pray. Mindfulness, as presented here, is a personal effort by you to maintain a constant 24/7 relationship with God.
For those who practice the living of a meaningful life outside traditional religion, mindfulness allows for you to be in touch with what is good within yourself. There is no reason for the practice of mindfulness to do anything other than improve your path in life.