With mindfulness and other forms of meditation entering the mainstream questions regarding its transformation from a spiritual practice, embedded within a complete system, to a secular “collection of tools” are being raised.
The Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society (BPS) set out to address this question at their next section conference, hosted by the University of Northampton. From 10 – 12 October 2014 the conference entitled “Contextualising Mindfulness: Between the Sacred and the Secular” will address questions such as:
To what extent is mindfulness practice as promulgated in therapeutic and social contexts true to its roots in the spiritual traditions? Have the bounds of the term ‘spiritual’ become so elastic as to be of little value? What impact is the widespread incorporation of what is at core a spiritual practice having on contemporary society? And is the popularization of meditation practice leading to a distortion of the root traditions from which it has been extracted?
To find out more about the conference and/or register visit the conference website:
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