Mindfulness and Reverence, 詩書坊


Mindfulness and Reverence

Mindfulness and Reverence
作者 Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925) was born in the small village of Kraljevec, Austro-Hungarian
Empire (now in Croatia), where he grew up (see right). As a young man, he lived in Weimar
and Berlin, where he became a well-published scientific, literary, and philosophical scholar,
known especially for his work with Goethe’s scientific writings. At the beginning of the
twentieth century, he began to develop his early philosophical principles into an approach
to systematic research into psychological and spiritual phenomena. Formally beginning his
spiritual teaching career under the auspices of the Theosophical Society, Steiner came to
use the term Anthroposophy (and spiritual science) for his philosophy, spiritual research,
and findings. The influence of Steiner’s multifaceted genius has led to innovative and holistic
approaches in medicine, various therapies, philosophy, religious renewal, Waldorf education,
education for special needs, threefold economics, biodynamic agriculture, Goethean science, architecture, and the arts of drama, speech, and eurythmy. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner founded
the General Anthroposophical Society, which today has branches throughout the world. He
died in Dornach, Switzerland.

Contemporary interest in the meditative schooling of mindfulness is usually
associated with Eastern traditions. Rudolf Steiner spoke of the same phenomenon,
although he used the terms “attentiveness” and “dedication”—or,
combining these two, “pure perception.” This way of mindfulness and
reverence is not in conflict with spiritual paths founded on thinking or pure
thought. However, as the texts in this anthology indicate, methods based
 exclusively on thinking cannot be successful if they are not supported by
perception, feeling and will.

In counterbalance to today’s increasing intellectualization, the meditative
exercises featured here connect with the perceptive activity of the human
being’s sensory organs. They could also be understood as exercises for
developing empathy, helping to make our relationship with the world
around us more conscious and intense. 

Rudolf Steiner’s texts are sensitively edited and arranged by Andreas Neider,
whose introduction and notes add further clarity to the theme.

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