"Mindfulness" seems to come up in about half the stories in my news feeds - treating depression? mindfulness. high blood pressure? mindfulness. small business tanking? lead-off hitter can't get on base? frizzy hair day? - you get the idea.
"Mindfulness" sounds like things i've been hearing since the 70's (yes, i'm old) - concentrate on things like your breathing or your heart beat or the sounds of the bugs in the trees - your rational mind goes into a trance - your mind and body magically fix things because you have that power within you and it's only thinking stops it. Or something like that.
1) Is the "mindfulness" form of meditation theologically or spiritually a good, bad or indifferent thing?
2) What's the difference between this and "Quietism" of the past?