Perfectly Present

Mindfulness Curriculum as Implicit Religion


  • Mary Hale Saint Mary's University



Implicit Religion, Charles Taylor, Mindfulness, Religion and Education, Secularization, Edward Bailey


Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in western education: both as a pedagogical term and as a curriculum tool. Although promoters, with varying degrees of emphasis, claim that mindfulness in this context is non-religious, this paper challenges those assertions. Using Charles Taylor's arguments regarding belief and unbelief and his conception of fullness and Edward Bailey's conception of implicit religion, I contend that mindfulness as curriculum or as curriculum enrichment is a form of implicit religion.

Author Biography

Mary Hale, Saint Mary's University

Mary Hale, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada.


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How to Cite

Hale, M. (2018). Perfectly Present: Mindfulness Curriculum as Implicit Religion. Implicit Religion, 20(4), 335–365.