Politics of mindfulness

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Iain Ferguson’s Politics of the Mind, reviewed in January SR, is my book of 2017. There is however one notable omission and this is any reference to mindfulness.

I understand why. It is for the same reason that R D Laing’s contribution is dismissed when he wanders off into mysticism. It is because they involve a recognition that there is a spiritual element to human nature.

If you are an historical materialist then Iain’s book is the full story.

If, on the other hand, you believe there is any spiritual dimension to life, as I do, then the outstanding question is whether or not the practice of my faith — and that does not just mean in a personal mindfulness way but also in collective action — can help me restore a sense of control to my life.

That is my question for this year.

Stephen Tollyfield