When I started to think about the most appropriate way to describe the concept of mindfulness, the first scene of the Star Wars, episode one, springs to mind. (George Lucas, the director of the film apparently based much of the Jedi philosophy on Buddhism which uses the concept of mindfulness.) The master, Qui-gon jinn, tells his student, “Don’t center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan”…. “Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs”. Obi-wan questions his master by saying, “Yoda, told me to be mindful of the future”. Master Qui-gon jinn responds, “Not at the expense of the moment.”
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