Modern humans feel disconnected from life. With exaggerated anxiety we slather ourselves with antibacterial soaps and isolate ourselves from other organisms through the use of pesticides. We fear the aging of our bodies and go to great lengths to maintain an image of youth, even as the years advance. Our discomfort with the natural processes of living takes a toll; we move through our days fearfully, rejecting the Nature that lives within our bodies.
MindfulBiology™ views this state of affairs as both tragic and dangerous. As long as we feel separate from the sphere of Life, we will continue to harm one another and the ecology upon which we depend. MindfulBiology thus aims to encourage re-connection with the inward force of Life that is undeniable but often overlooked.
Living systems, although understood in great detail by biologists, still confront us with mystery. We are supported by a vast and ancient biosphere whose origins remain obscure. Our bodies breath air, digest food, and organize perceptions and behaviors, while most of the underlying process work completely beneath awareness. The hidden life within our own bodies offers us an opportunity: we can learn to admire the deep wisdom of organic development as it expresses itself in our own human forms.
Throughout most of human history, people lived with very little understanding of what happens in the body. But now, with modern science, that can change! MindfulBiology encourages us all to appreciate the great power of life to elaborate form, to respond adaptively, and to generate beauty. We can find awe, adoration, love, and mystery in learning about the workings of the human organism. In short, a felt appreciation for life can offer many of the same benefits of religious practice.
MindfulBiology believes these benefits are vital to humanity’s future and to the wellbeing of the planet. Only if we feel a sense of devotion toward life–and the earth from which it arises–can we build a sustainable future that respects the needs of all organisms. MindfulBiology doesn’t demand belief in anything supernatural or beyond the ken of science. It is based on the idea that what we already know is sufficient for us to adore our bodies and the cosmos in which it arose. We exist in a complex and beautiful sea of interactions, from the smallest workings of our cells to the largest cycles of resources moving through the biosphere. We know enough, right now, to feel the same awe and wonder that religions evoke through scripture and ritual. All it takes is settling down and looking inward with an informed eye.
At the same time, MindfulBiology can be used by members of many religions as a support for their love of Creation. MindfulBiology accepts the established facts of modern science, including evolution, but it also recognizes that life holds mystery and beauty that isn’t fully explained by empiricism. It insists we can view life science accurately while still maintaining a mystical sensibility. It rejects dogmatism of all sorts, including the aggressive mechanistic bias of many mainstream biologists.
Although MindfulBiology is built on the suspicion that Life is fundamentally alive rather than mechanical, it accepts verified scientific facts about organic processes, including the role of natural selection. As a result, MindfulBiology can help atheists find—in their own living bodies—the same qualities of awe and wonder that religions promise, but without dependence on scripture, legend, or trans-rational faith.
MindfulBiology takes established biological knowledge and directs it toward moment-by-moment experience. It demands nothing more than curiosity and mindfulness. It is a labor of love that hopes to encourage affection for life, unadorned and glorious in itself.