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How does the present interpretation of mindfulness (Sati) in modern psychology differ from its original function in ancient teachings?


Received: 20 October 2021
Revised: 21 November 2021
Accepted: 19 December 2021

Mina Qazinezam, Afra Roughani

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Mindfulness, Sati, awareness of the reality at the moment and accept it as it is. The origins of practicing Mindfulness as a part of a whole package named: Eight Fold Noble Path go back to Buddhist meditations which aimed to train the mind to be able to realize the ultimate truth. In this article the practical applications of Mindfulness is discussed. The main goal of this research was to review the differences between clinical and ancient (ethical) mindfulness. Findings indicate that ethical leadership is more strongly related to follower extra effort and helping at higher levels of follower moral emotions and higher levels of follower mindfulness. Secularization seems the main reason of removing cultural and religious specifics in original Mindfulness practice. The lack of morality in clinical mindfulness does not imply that morality plays no part; because gradually participants develop their own sense of morality through the practice. Although psychology and ancient mindfulness meditation are different knowledge systems and pursue totally dissimilar final aims. Nevertheless, they converge on a keen interest in understanding the workings of the mind unnecessary suffering and awareness of the role of morality in mindfulness practice is important for counselors, who are willing to assist their clients with considering the suffusing role of morality and Mindfulness through practice with their own worldviews and ethical frameworks.

Keywords: Mindfulness, Sati, Morality, Meditation.

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Journal of Practical Social Psychology
ISSN: 2783-2880


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