In an interview with Sunday Times : "A Beautiful Mind", Nataša explains her unusual use of the word "mindfulness", she calls it "#European #mindfulness".
Q. You explore the Age of Enlightenment, and ‘Western’ ancient Greek philosophers. Can you talk about your use of the Eastern concept of ‘mindfulness’ in this context? A: "There are a number of ‘instant happiness’ gurus out there, I do not believe in a ‘get rich in a day’ message, but I do believe that if we learn how to listen to our soul, we will be able to live our highest potential. We live in a rapidly changing world. When I was born in Belgrade in 1968, at the time of no TV or internet, the population on the planet was three billion. Now they say it is seven billion. The changes I have seen during my lifetime are huge. Emotionally, mentally and physically, we have to adopt different behavior patterns, not just to survive, but to thrive without abusing other social groups or animals or endangering planet Earth. The next stage, the stage of cultural life, is beyond the knowledge of more than 90 per cent of the population. Having a percentage of the population that neither collects objects nor watches TV, nor reads newspapers, that is still capable of thinking, un-hypnotized, to appreciate art, or dance or sing, and is able to think creatively, is a part of my research fascination."
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Why European Mindfulness?
"Variety of religious and spiritual movements, such as Yoga, or the New Thought use “mindfulness” for spiritual growth and development. Such an ancient concept in Europe, an innate quality known in Ancient Greece as “Pure Reason” or with Egyptians as “heart-mind” or “Intelligence of the Heart” going back to Ancient Egyptian Babylon’s philosophy, or Ancient Greek Plato’s Soul’s Eye that is purified “for it is by it alone that we contemplate the truth.”, the naming of God’s idea of Pythagoras Music of the Spheres., the mystical practices of Balkan’s Slavs, or Ancient Maltese or Cyprus, or Olimp temple worshipping rituals."
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