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Mindfulness—The Way of the Heart

  • Brent Dean Robbins
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Abstract

Anesthetic consciousness is an obstacle to the organismic valuing process by which people orient themselves to intrinsically motivated, felt values, which is the basis for experiential wisdom. As a coping mechanism in response to the human finitude and mortality, it is a self-defeating, maladaptive strategy. In contrast, the cultivation of mindfulness creates present-centered, embodied awareness of felt values, which enhances the organismic valuing process, and becomes a basis for authentic life review by which we can come to terms with death and dying. Through the cultivation of mindfulness as a style of being, the person develops attentive awareness of interoceptive feedback from the body, which cultivates compassionate and empathic engagement with others.

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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyPoint Park UniversityPittsburghUSA

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