2. Thriving with Uncertainty: Opening the Mind and Cultivating Inner Well-Being Through Contemplative and Creative Mindfulness

  1. Amanda Ie,
  2. Christelle T. Ngnoumen and
  3. Ellen J. Langer
  1. Daniel J. Siegel and
  2. Madeleine W. Siegel

Published Online: 21 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118294895.ch2

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness

How to Cite

Siegel, D. J. and Siegel, M. W. (2014) Thriving with Uncertainty: Opening the Mind and Cultivating Inner Well-Being Through Contemplative and Creative Mindfulness, in The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness (eds A. Ie, C. T. Ngnoumen and E. J. Langer), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118294895.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 21 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118294871

Online ISBN: 9781118294895

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Keywords:

  • body;
  • brain;
  • contemplative mindfulness;
  • creative mindfulness;
  • mind;
  • narrative;
  • observation;
  • relationships;
  • uncertainty;
  • well-being

Summary

In this chapter, we will explore the overlap between the social psychological use of the concept of mindfulness as applied to education, health, and creativity (Langer, 1989, 1997) (“creative mindfulness”) and the contemplative sense of mindfulness as is often attributed to “Eastern-derived” ways of thinking, especially from Buddhist philosophy and practice (Brown and Cordon, 2009; Kornfield, 2009; Kabat-Zinn, 2006) (“contemplative mindfulness”). Our major theme is that both the “creative” and the “contemplative” forms of mindfulness can be seen as complementary understandings and applications of a fundamental human challenge of how to live well and thrive with the awareness of uncertainty.