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On Mindfulness and Our Relation to Animals

By Robert Epstein

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Abstract

"Mindfulness" is a gentle form of selfconsciousness, a consciousness of self without judgments, condemnations. It is a benevolent, an enlightened form of self-awareness.

"Mindfulness" is a term applied to meditation. Indeed, meditation can be thought of as mindfulness; the reverse is also true: mindfulness is meditation. Then, in being    mindful of animals, one is really entering into a meditation on and relationship with animals. This is important. The basis of "right action"--using Buddhist terms here-- regarding animals is mindfulness. The basis of "right thinking" aJxmt animals and animal rights is mindfulness. 

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Katie Carroll

Date 1985
Publication Title Between the Species
Volume 1
Issue 4
Pages 25-26
Publisher Psychology Religion
Location of Publication Berkeley, CA
DOI 10.15368/bts.1985v1n4.4
URL http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/bts/vol1/iss4/6/
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animals in culture
  2. Human-animal relationships
  3. Mindfulness
  4. Pet ownership
  5. Psychiatry and psychology