AuthorPeter Jamadar/Elron Elahie/Richard Jamadar
The practice of intentional awarenessing as it relates to manifesting neutrality and
impartiality is an effective and immediate tool. This is one of my practices.
A brief historical and chronological overview of the Mindfulness Movement from its
Buddhist roots to its current global secularization and multiple applications in the
Richard Jamadar
Mindfulness - A four-billion-dollar industry (Purser 2019, 13). Books on Mindfulness
include Mindful Parenting, Mindful Eating, Mindful Teaching, Mindful Therapy,
Mindful Leadership, to Mindful Dog Owners (2019, 13). In addition, there are workshops,
online courses, and phone apps that specialize in teaching and tracking mindfulness
(2019, 13). Mindfulness has made its way into public schools, Wall Street and Silicon
Valley, law firms, and government agencies, including the United States military (2019,
13). Just standing in-line at the check-out counter at supermarkets there are magazines
with Mindfulness related content. It is hard not to miss the Mindfulness Movement. But
it was not always like this so when and how did the Mindfulness Movement become
household words in the West?
The Mindfulness Movement appears to have taken root in the late twentieth century
(Shaw, 2020). Shaw states that various therapies and techniques taught the cultivation of
mindfulness to treat various psychological disorders and were successful. Indeed, one
of the founders of the Mindfulness Movement, Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), had his first course in 1979, which he titled
“Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program” (Purser 2019, 7, 9, 65). What these therapies

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