In raising this question of Mindfulness, we must not be ignorant of what has transpired in Western history since the 1960s—to which not enough mindful attention is paid. Many Westerners have turned to Eastern meditation, including, in particular, yoga, which is a subtle but clear introduction to Hindu spirituality. So in the West, yoga (Hinduism) gives us healthy bodies: Mindfulness (Buddhism) gives us sound minds, but what is going on? Are we, in the church, like Westerners in general, being captured by alien spiritual influences? Philip Goldberg says yes. In his important book, American Veda: How Indian Spirituality Changed the West (Harmony Books, NY,2010), in light of the great success of yoga and Mindfulness, he concludes that Americans (and we can include the West in general) have been deeply brainwashed. In Canada, Mindfulness or MindUP, is imposed upon children in state schools as normative practice, without parental permission. So the West, doubtless without realizing it, has bought into the Indian worldview philosophy of Advaita meaning “not two.” “Non-duality” or Oneism. This notion of existence is assumed to be the truth, so all duality is erased and oneness rules. Goldberg, who is convinced this is a good thing, is surely on to something, since we in today’s world observe the constant and determined eradication of the “binary,” or twoness, especially in the area of sexuality and spirituality. Our world is seduced by the utopian idealism of oneness or unity, both politically and religiously.
Read more: https://truthxchange.com/2016/10/is-mindfulness-christian/