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Cosmology, Worldview and Attitude. A Discussion of Maximus the Cofessor, in light of Mindfulness Meditation

Joyce, Cullan (2018) Cosmology, Worldview and Attitude. A Discussion of Maximus the Cofessor, in light of Mindfulness Meditation. Studies in Spirituality, 28. pp. 301-330. ISSN xxxx

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Abstract

Among other things, contemporary mindfulness studies have identified how a meditation that engages non-judgementally with experiences can help transform a person’s attitudes. By responding to experiences in a non-judgemental way, negative behavioral patterns lessen. In this way, mindfulness has demonstrated a positive effect on mental health, physical pain, and even improves community resilience. Meditative traditions that emerge from religious contexts, on the other hand, often have quite complex worldviews, concepts, and attitudes. These structures inform how a person responds to experiences that arise in meditation. In this paper, I discuss how Maximus the Confessor’s (580-662) Ambigua 7 describes the creation and the world we experience which provides a framework for an attitudinal shift toward receptivity. Cosmology and worldview play an important role in Maximus’ redefinition of attitude away from a more active engagement with experience to a more receptivity attitude. I suggest that receptivity can be understood as a way of encountering experiences in meditation.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Cosmology, Worldview, Attitude, Maximus
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies > 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2019 02:37
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2019 02:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3642

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