Unchallenged assumptions - mindfulness and the like

(Philip Lewis) #1

Hi everyone,

I work as a hospital specialist and have just come from a Clinical Directors’ training day where the speaker invited to talk about coaching saw no problem with liberally sprinkling his talk with the assumptions that mindfulness, Buddhist thought and meditation and yoga were unquestionably useful and acceptable (and possibly advisable) resources to be used in the process of coaching. The presumption is that the “coachee” should be led to find within themselves all the required insight and resources to improve. Whilst everyone else listened in probably unquestioning silence, I pointed out that we do not all have these required, sufficient and untapped resources. Indeed I certainly feel inadequate for every task, but that the Christian worldview talks about a God who gives from His greater resource to His people whom he created to be in dialogue with Himself and to ask for what they need. I also stated that I often need to give to those I am encouraging light that they do not have. “Ah!”, he said “so you are a GURU - one who gives light.” I concurred.

The first person to come to talk to me after the session said that whilst he valued my interjection, his worldview was entirely different. He was an ardent atheist.; I said how pleased I was to know and how I looked forward to dialoguing with him, since as we both believed there is only one truth, the debate should end up in a positive and more advanced position than this initial status.
It is tragic that the prevailing majority of secular coaches and trainers in my experience make the assumption that we can do without God. However, it is wonderful to have divine weapons to pull down such strongholds and indeed to have the obligation to use them.

(Melvin Greene) #2

Thanks for posting that, @PhilipL. I have noticed the same thing in my line of work, which is counseling. Mindfulness is talked about quite often. Along with that is focused breathing. There seems to be a lot of elements of eastern religion that is used in the medical and counseling fields. I have a client with whom we have had several discussions about Christianity. One day he shows me a book he has been reading that is about the 7 main chakras of the body. He told me that he saw a lot of similarities with Christianity. Of course, I explained to him that what might seem like similarities between the two beliefs, actually are quite different. This isn’t the first time that I’ve had conversations of this nature. It seems that there is a trend with people who are seeking some form of spirituality to mix eastern beliefs with Christianity.