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Mindfulness and Resilience in Britain: A Genealogy of the “Present Moment”

Cook, J; (2021) Mindfulness and Resilience in Britain: A Genealogy of the “Present Moment”. Journal of Global Buddhism , 22 (1) pp. 83-103. 10.5281/zenodo.4727573. Green open access

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Abstract

In Britain, mindfulness practice has increasingly been incorporated into preventative healthcare as a support for psychological resilience. An awareness practice originating in Buddhism, mindfulness is framed as a scientifically verified way of cultivating a skilful engagement with life to support mental health. What has led to this unprecedented interest in mindfulness? And how have British people come to think of cultivating a kindly relationship with their own minds as a constituent aspect of the “good life”? In this paper, I explore the specifically British history that informs the association between mindfulness and psychological resilience today. I show that the association between psychological resilience and mindfulness practice is the result of broader historical concerns about the nature of modern society and psychology. Taking a genealogical approach, I argue that changing patterns in British psychology and Buddhism, while framed in universalist registers, are constituted in and constitutive of a broader historical and political context.

Type: Article
Title: Mindfulness and Resilience in Britain: A Genealogy of the “Present Moment”
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4727573
Publisher version: https://www.globalbuddhism.org/jgb/index.php/jgb/a...
Language: English
Additional information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
Keywords: Resilience, mindfulness, Buddhism, Psychology, Britain
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10129663
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