Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Muddied Meaning of 'Mindfulness'

It flashed in my mind that the Buddhist word, "sati," is close to the Japanese word, "satori," meaning wisdom, from which my given name was derived. From The New York Times Magazine: "Sati, which Buddhists consider the first of seven factors of enlightenment, means, more nearly, “memory of the present,” which didn’t track in tense-preoccupied English. “Mindfulness” stuck — but may have saddled the subtle sati with false-note connotations of Victorian caution, or even obedience. (“Mind your manners!”)" Read the article: The Muddied Meaning of 'Mindfulness' by Virginia Heffernan, New York Times Magazine, April 14, 2015