Mindfulness and Mindlessness

When we are mindless, we are trapped in rigid mindsets, oblivious to context or perspective. When we are mindful we are actively drawing novel distinctions... When we are mindless, our behavior is rule and routine governed... In contrast, when mindful, our behavior may be guided rather than governed by rules and routines, but we are sensitive to the ways the situation changes.

Ellen Langer is
a professor of psychology at Harvard University and the author of Mindfulness and On Becoming An Artist: Reinventing Yourself with Mindful Creativity

Summer 2008 Issue

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