Coming to Terms with ‘Mindfulness’, as a Term

A year ago I publicly announced my preference for the term nowfulness over that of mindfulness to describe the increasingly common deliberate practice of paying attention, without judgment, to whatever is going on in the present moment. Since then, I’ve come to recognize that nobody really cares about this linguistic innovation, not even me. To be honest, I haven’t thought much about it at all over the past year, although now that I am thinking about it, I still think it would be a better term. Regardless, I have definitely not tried to use this term in any conversations. Not even once. It just doesn’t seem worth the effort.

So…apparently, the term is mindfulness, for better or worse; that’s what we call it. Moving on.

I Prefer the Term ‘Nowfulness’ Over ‘Mindfulness’

Here I wish to register my personal dissatisfaction with the term mindfulness, which I find obscure and confusing. It smacks of bad translation, perhaps by someone who learned English as an adult and maybe subscribes to that misolinguistic cargo-cult of You Don’t Really Need To Master Grammar To Make Yourself Understood. Also, I suspect it was someone held in great reverence by fawning religious devotees who either didn’t want to risk committing a sin by questioning their “master’s” ill-conceived neologism, or worse, actually liked this bit of jargon, and this mainly because of its obscurity.

Anyway, in it’s place, henceforth (and until further notice) I shall try to use nowfulness, which is in my opinion much more transparent, given that the actual nuts-and-bolts practice of so-called “mindfulness” appears to me to boil down to filling one’s mind with stuff that’s happening right now.

Hope that’s useful!


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