Religion in Museums

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Setting Intentions by Mark Maclean

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These thoughts are prompted by the exhibition ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’
at the Wellcome Collection until 28 February 2016.

Wellcome Collection Blog

We asked writers to talk about the idea of setting intentions for 2016. Picking up on some of the themes in Tibet’s Secret Temple each blog post relates to the exhibition from the perspective of the writer. Mark Maclean, a psychotherapist and mindfulness teacher offers his.

As 2016 rolls into motion, ‘Practise Mindfulness’ might well be at the top of many people’s New Year’s resolutions. The NHS prescribes it, the media hypes it and last year MPs debated its benefits in Parliament. With an ever-growing evidence-base supporting its efficacy in the treatment of a wide range of mental and physical conditions, mindfulness has become a key feature of contemporary life. It is practised in schools, hospitals, corporate boardrooms and prisons, and delivered by psychologists, GPs and an array of smartphone apps.

The ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple‘ exhibition at Wellcome Collection offers rare insights into the radically different meanings that mindfulness carries in the world…

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