The Importance of Mindfulness

  • Human-beings spend a lot of time thinking about what is not going on around them, contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or will never happen at all.
  • Indeed, “stimulus-independent thought” or “mind wandering” appears to be the human brain’s default mode of operation. 
  • Although this ability is a remarkable evolutionary achievement that allows people to learn, reason, and plan, it comes at an emotional cost. 
  • Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and to “be here now”.  
  • These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind.
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