Martin Summerhayes (martinsummerhay) wrote,
Martin Summerhayes
martinsummerhay

Association fallacy: Mindfulness is a part of Buddhism, wrong.... it is part of you.

We are going to play a game of red herrings [something that misleads or distracts from the relevant or important issue]. The conversation goes:

Person X supports idea Y.
Person Y is a member of Z.
Therefore, idea Y is part of Z.

Or

I do Mindfulness every day of my life,
The Dalai Lama, the leader of the Buddhist religion, practices mindfulness every day of his life,
Therefore, mindfulness is part of the Buddhist religion.
QED! "quod erat demonstrandum"

Wrong, mindfulness is an agnostic approach to daily life, whereby it is "the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment", which can be trained by meditational practices derived from Buddhist practices.

You do not have to be a buddhist, or even of any religious persuasion to practice mindfulness.

Rather, it is a way of thinking, feeling and engaging with everyday life, people, events, emotions, feelings, events, and physical sensations. When was the last time you thought of, concentrated on:

Cleaning your teeth
Washing your hands
Tasting a piece of chocolate
Tasting water
walking
washing your face
etc, etc

These are the mundane activities we all do almost automatically. Rather, our brains go wandering of into suppositions, scenarios, dreams, nightmares and dreams that have no relevance to the exact current present activity you are doing. it is hard and daily life takes you away, but if you can a least recognize the present moment, you are starting the journey.

P.S. Thanks Wikipedia -
if you take the association fallacy as truth, then......

John is a con artist. John has black hair. Therefore, all people with black hair are con artists.

All dogs have four legs; my cat has four legs. Therefore, my cat is a dog.

The origin of the expression is not known. Conventional wisdom has long supposed it to be the use of a kipper (a strong-smelling smoked fish) to train hounds to follow a scent, or to divert them from the correct route when hunting; however, modern linguistic research suggests that the term was probably invented in 1807 by English polemicist William Cobbett, referring to one occasion on which he had supposedly used a kipper to divert hounds from chasing a hare, and was never an actual practice of hunters. The phrase was later borrowed to provide a formal name for the logical fallacy and literary device]

Tags: alan watts, mindfulness, zen buddhism
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