- heighten /HAHYT-n/
- egotism /EE-guh-tiz-uhm/
- interdependent /in-ter-di-PEN-duhnt/
- kinship /KIN-ship/
- glorification /glawr-uh-fi-KEY-shuhn/
[verb] – to increase or make something increase, especially an emotion or effect
The campaign’s goal is to heighten public awareness of the new disease.
[noun] – the tendency to think only about yourself and consider yourself better and more important than other people
Sadly, Miki’s pride as a famous actress grew to egotism.
[adjective] – depending on each other, or consisting of groups that depend on each other
She firmly believes that all living things are interdependent.
[noun] – the relationship between members of the same family
Although unrelated, George felt a sense of kinship with his close friends.
[noun] – the act of describing something in a way that makes it seem better or more important than it is
Despite his subtle self-glorification, he possesses solid qualifications for the position.
Based on his research, some people stand with their personal viewpoints; for example, they might emphasize their intelligence or sense of humor if asked to describe themselves. On the other hand, people with interdependent views lean more on their relations with others. They stress social roles or group kinship such as the “daughter” or “father” of somebody. From the results of Poulin’s meditation tests, he discovered that its effects depended heavily on people’s attitudes. Those with interdependent points of view were willing to volunteer in charitable tasks, whereas independent people are more self-centered. Ronald Pursers’ 2019 book “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” described how ancient medication practices have detached from the original Buddhist teachings. He further explained that mindfulness has become a way to get ahead of others and “a stripped-down, DIY, self-help technique.” In other words, mindfulness has evolved into a mechanism to practice self-glorification instead of awareness.
Every time we change our mental function, widespread consequences might affect our behavior unconsciously, especially now that technology is advancing rapidly. Any product or service that claims to provide a “quick fix” should be examined thoroughly first. Simply put, it’s time to be mindful of how we present mindfulness.
- How do you describe yourself when asked?
- Please share an incident where you felt selfish for being mindful.
- If given the chance, in what charitable task would you volunteer?
- Do you agree that mindfulness has become a self-glorification mechanism?
- Do you have an interdependent or independent point of view? Please elaborate on your answer.