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Perspective | Mindfulness would be good for you. If it weren't so selfish.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/mindfulness-would-be-good-for-you-if-it-werent-all-just-hype/2017/08/24/b97d0220-76e2-11e7-9eac-d56bd5568db8_story.html

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Perspective | Mindfulness would be good for you. If it weren't so selfish.
We may live in a culture of distraction, but mindfulness has captured our attention. Books on the practice are numerous, including guides to " A Mindful Pregnancy," " Mindful Parenting," " Mindful Politics," " The Mindful Diet" and " Mindfulness for Teachers." Corporations, sports teams, even the military and police departments provide mindfulness training to their employees.

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The imposter

True mindfulness has been spoiled by an imposter. The imitation provides an excuse to be self-centered and self-indulgent. It promises health and spiritual purity.

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Definition of mindfulness

Mindfulness is the nonjudgemental awareness of the richness, subtlety and variety of the present moment, not just of the self. It is not the same as meditation, although meditation can form part of...

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Mindfulness is a limited tool

Gazing inward to focus on a connection with yourself cannot deliver magical benefits. Acknowledging your thoughts is not the same as cherishing them.

While mindfulness h...

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Mindfulness is unsuited for self-understanding

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