Mindfulness: An Essential Quality of Integrated Wisdom

Mindfulness: An Essential Quality of Integrated Wisdom

Kay Fielden (UNITEC, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-309-8.ch011
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In this chapter, mindfulness as an essential quality of integrated wisdom within inquiring organizations is discussed. A holistic, rather than a scientific view, of knowledge is adopted. The discussion is also underpinned by a pragmatic approach that incorporates rational, emotional, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. While multiple worldviews are considered, the discussion is situated in an integrated participatory paradigm. A plan for developing mindfulness within organizations is described that includes consideration of multilayered development and ordered, unordered, and disordered organizational arenas. Complexities abound when both individual and group maturity levels on developmental layers diverge widely. Integrated wisdom is only achieved when consensual alignment is achieved. Integrated wisdom allows for this complex mix, is aware of the appropriate level and type of communication and or interaction required, and acts accordingly without prejudice or judgment. Implications for the future of mindfulness as a necessary skill for integrated wisdom are also explored.

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