Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Mindfulness in Sustainability

Creating Capacity for Social Renewal from Within
  • Susanne Maria WeberEmail author
  • Marc-André Heidelmann
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_378

Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly (Huffington Post 2016).



Rooted in Buddhist meditation discourses, as a spiritual or salutogenetic practice, mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment in a gentle, nurturing lens. This accepting and nonjudgemental way of taking care of our thoughts and feelings supports a compassionate view on the self, the other, and the world. Practicing mindfulness supports sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Rooted in ancient spiritual wisdoms, cosmologies and epistemologies of the so-called eastern and southern worlds, mindfulness already deeply contains a complex notion of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Group Innovation – Organization – NetworksPhilipps-University MarburgMarburgGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Petra Molthan-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.NTU's Green AcademyNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK