TO THE EDITOR:

     (Re: “‘Mindfulness’ moves ahead, with worries,” Sept. 20, 2018) How did we get to this point of contention over mindful education, being introduced into Ripon Elementary Schools this year?

     Maybe we need to look to the historical roots of  this controversial subject matter.

     Mindfulness has been practiced in various cultures for thousands of years, under many names.

     Taoist, Hindus, and Zen Buddhism all practiced a form of Mindfulness.

     They used, relaxation,  clearing one’s mind, breathing exercises, sounds of bells or gongs, to experience being in the present moment, and openness to a non-judgmental outlook. That might sound good to some. ...

     Although mindfulness is very popular with some educators, do we as a community want a more in-depth look into a mind science, based in Eastern Mysticism?

— Doug Kammer
50 Wolverton  Ave.

     To read the entire letter, see the Oct. 4, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.