Join James Landes, Ph.D., on Wholly Orders (whollyorders.com), for an exploration of mindfulness from a Western philosophical perspective. This program takes a fresh approach to the Western tradition, with a strong nod toward Goethe and other philosophical, literary, scientific and contemplative thinkers whose approach to thought tends in a more holistic and dynamic direction than in the more dominant theory- and concept-based Western worldview in the culture at large. This is a program in which poetry, philosophy and science come together. While trying not to get too bogged down in academic jargon, it is also a place where terms like ‘mindfulness’ and ‘holistic thought’ are treated in the longstanding contemplative tradition (e.g. Meister Eckhart), as opposed to being saccharine buzzwords used in contemporary pop philosophy/spiritual movements. Here tradition is not equated with orthodoxy. The Western tradition is examined thoughtfully, and not through the lens of ideology or religion. Rooted in Western tradition and grounded (if indeed a bit underground at times) in the present, this program explores perspectives and ideas that have often been forgotten or overlooked, but which may serve us well to remember now. This program is dedicated to those interested in asking the important questions, rather than demanding easy answers, to those who are open-minded, but not so much that their brains are falling out, to those who can encounter new ideas and perspectives without becoming angry or offended, to those who find the notion of continual progress to be vaguely Orwellian, to those who can intelligently approach spirit and science without feeling conflicted. The presenter, trained in the intellectual history of the West, has a keen interest in promoting imagination and creativity by means of re-connecting with important ideas and thinkers in Western history. Here you will find no gurus or secret teachings, just musings on some of the often overlooked ideas that are freely available to us all, ideas that show the Western philosophical tradition to be very much alive and relevant to the present day. Sometimes it is not what we see, but how we see, that can make all of the difference.