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The figure shows shows the path of mental proliferation. The numbers from 1-4 indicates the direction of the flow of this process. Also thoughts can be retrieved from the memory to add to this process.
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Unhappiness (stress or suffering) is caused by Mental Proliferation-it is like a 'cancer' in the mind
Not only Buddha discovered this process of mental proliferation (papanca) he also gave a solution to how to fix it. This is Mindfulness Meditation.
Mindfulness meditation has been adopted in modern medicine for the past 30 years as a secular form and has been used in treatment of depression, anxiety and many other forms mental disorders. It called now called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and has been used in many hospitals around the world. See the last two posts for more current clinical applications and research in this area.
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