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Anne Maj Nielsen

Mindfulness - en implicit utopi?

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The field of mindfulness and meditation has met growing interest in the western world during the last decades. Mindfulness aims to develop a friendly, accepting and mindful awareness in the present moment. Critiques have argued that this aim is deployed in a new kind of management technology where mindfulness is used for individualized stress-reduction in order to keep up with existing or worsened working conditions instead of stress-reducing changes in the common working conditions.
Mindfulness research emphasizes positive outcomes in coping with demands and challenges in everyday life especially considering suffering (for example stress and pain).
While explicit constructions of Utopia present ideas of specific societal communities in well-functioning harmony, the interest in mindfulness can in contradistinction be considered an implicit critique of present life-conditions and an “implicit utopia” with ideas about better ways of living.
Some core ideas in mindfulness are included in a discussion of mindfulness as a kind of ‘modernity-tool’ for development of a basic attitude and way of being that was formerly supported in aspects of everyday practices that could be the occasion and opportunity of sensory-aesthetic experiences of existential belonging. Similarly mindfulness can be the opportunity of sensory-aesthetic experiences of existential belonging that implies an implicit critique and implicit utopian imaginations due to the radical difference between experiences of mindfulness and of a prevailing goal-directed orientation to effectiveness.
Original languageDanish
JournalPsyke & Logos
Pages (from-to)93-106
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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