I'm a little confused about your title, though. It did make me think about Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Eckhart Tolle, all of whom I've read as well.

This seems to be about semantics. When I think about meditation and mindfulness, both are about "citta vrtti nirodha," which is calming the mental chattering of the mind. No, it's not about stopping the mind, but it's about disengaging the excess chatter that takes you away from your current experience.

I always remind myself of the Katha Upanishad:

"Know The Self as lord of the chariot, the body as the chariot itself, the discriminating intellect as the charioteer, and the mind as the reins. The senses, say the wise, are the horses; selfish desires are the roads they travel."

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