I have been reading about vulnerability in preparation for writing. One of the articles I wrote connected mindfulness with vulnerability but with a small ‘m’. Thus McFadden writes
The mindfulness I am describing in this essay occurs when the state of attentiveness and awareness produces a deep, even holy experience of connection with another person
Mindfulness is one of those words which tends to be heard as referring to a particular spiritual practice but it is a word which all of us can embrace as a way of living. I am not always good at being present in this way but know I value it in others and try to work at it.
Susan H McFadden Mindfulness, vulnerability and love: Spiritual lessons from frail elders, earnest young pilgrims, and middle aged rockers. Journal of Aging Studies 22 (2008) 132-139 (133).