"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness..."
Charles Dickens, A tale of two cities
We are living in a momentous part of human history. Human capacity to think and build technological and architectural wonders has created a global village. Never before has humanity faced a graver crisis. Even during the world wars there was always the promise of peace around the corner. But now, the war we are waging on the environment around us and within ourselves never seems to end. Mindless consumption has lead to erosion of the fragile natural resources. Competition has engendered a overemphasis on materialistic values.
Modern times often cause us to go on automatic pilot, continually multitasking and busying our lives with digital stimulation, information overload, and schedules that stress our brains and overwhelm our lives. Finding time to pause amidst this chaos has become an urgent need few of us take the time to satisfy.
It is hightime that we realize this alarming trend and change course as early as possible. To this end mindfulness offers a encouraging and promising solution.
Mindfulness is an ancient practise which is gaining popularity among common people and the scientific fraternity. Mindfulness is, "Paying attention to something, in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally" (Kabat-Zinn, 2003).
Mindfulness is incorporated into the popular and effective stress management program viz MBSR (Mindfulness based stress reduction) conducted at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center for the past 30 years. Mindfulness has its roots in buddhism and many other contemplative practices and wisdom traditions of the world. Though mindfulness is popular in western part of the world, it has not gained acceptance in India. May be because of the over exposure to meditation and yoga in our country.
But, mindfulness is radically different from other meditative practices. The closest thing to mindfulness is vipasanna meditation.
Mindfulness has been adopted not only in health care system, but also in businesses, education, and politics
This portal aims to disseminate information about the science and practice of mindfulness in India, the land of its origin.