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another mindfulness piece


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I came across another article about the Tibetan monk approach to mindfulness. It seems to really speak to our discussion yesterday about how the desired-based approach has an emphasis on community:

"What's unusual about the Tibetans is that they have what I call an industrial-strength version of this discipline. These practices allow us to turn our sense of life as a battle, a struggle for survival against everybody else, into a communal experience of connecting with friends and the larger world"

Previously, I had equated mindfulness to almost be synonymous (if not very closely related) to the desired-based approach because when one is mindful, we approach our circumstances with "loving attention to them as they come and go, enabling a deeper connection to one’s highest values and purpose" (which is directly from our dictionary). Nonetheless, I found it interesting that within the last section the article about death, their ideal idea of applying mindfulness was to accept what can't be changed and be present. It made me rethink about how we've been approaching defining the deficit and desired based approaches to seeing the potential in our circumstances which has an emphasis on future opportunity and achieving future goals: In light of the Tibetan's approach to death, are there tenses to the desired based view (seeing it in the present and past) as well?