PROSOCHE: STOIC MINDFULNESS

WITH DAVID ALEXANDER

THURSDAY, SEP 22, 3 PM (PST)

Prosoche is the ancient Greek word for “focused attention” used by the Stoics as an important first step for a student of philosophy on the journey to understanding Wisdom and Virtue. My understanding of Mindfulness is particularly informed by Buddhism and the psychological perspective of mindfulness informed by Marsha Linehan (Dialectical Behavior Therapy; DBT) and Jon Kabat-Zinn (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction; MBSR). Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “being present in the moment and non-judgmental”. My personal definition for Prosoche is “focused attention on the present moment, keeping in mind Virtue”. I welcome input and discussion from the audience and The Walled Garden contributors, particularly on any understanding of the classical Greek usage of Prosoche, the path of the Prokopton, and personal experiences in mindfulness practice. 

– David Alexander

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DAVID ALEXANDER

I’m a psychotherapist and podcaster from New Mexico, USA. My goal in studying integrative disciplines of psychology, philosophy, and mythology is to better understand the self, thereby learning to better understand others. Learning to transform the self and build a life of meaning.

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