Mindfulness is not enough: Why equanimity holds the key to compassion

Weber, Joey ORCID: 0000-0003-2006-4231 (2017) Mindfulness is not enough: Why equanimity holds the key to compassion. Mindfulness & Compassion, 2 (2). pp. 149-158. ISSN 2445-4079

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In order to appreciate mindfulness, it is necessary to focus on the concepts of non-judgement and acceptance as these attributes underpins the practice. Non-judgement is a label celebrated within a variety of helping professions and as a value at the core of much practice. In the context of mindfulness based interventions, accepting thoughts non-judgementally is an essential skill. However, the author argues against the ability of individuals to be non-judgemental given the profundity of its meaning and without other skills in place (without the practice of equanimity). The author puts forward a conceptual model of judgement and ‘naturally occurring ignorance’ in order to explore the potential barriers to practice. The author hypothesises that equanimity is the key mediating factor in being non-judgmental and therefore having the ability to generate compassion. A conceptual ‘cycle of judgement’ was created and discussed. Further, a theoretical model of ‘naturally occurring ignorance’ was created in order to confirm the barriers to equanimity, with the motivation of cultivating compassion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: El mindfulness no es suficiente: por qué la ecuanimidad tiene la llave de la compasión
Uncontrolled Keywords: mindfulness, compassion, equanimity, non-judgement
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 14:12
Last Modified: 15 May 2020 14:25
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.mincom.2017.09.004
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1244

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