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Mindfulness And Selfishness

Mindfulness has various mental and psychological benefits like increased concentration, better memory, better self-control and a decrease in emotional reactiveness, allowing us to handle our problems in a calm manner.

However, the focus of a mindful person is inward, and that can translate into increased egotism and selfishness in some people.

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Broadly speaking, eastern cultures(India and China) which gave birth to Hinduism and Buddhism, have more independent-minded people.

Western cultures, on the other hand, are more interdependent.

A series of experiments involving mindfulness exercises showed that self-perception and self-concern were heightened among the participants.

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The original Mindfulness practices from the east might have been corrupted, diluted or taught incorrectly by western teachers, morphing it into yet another technique to boost productivity and performance.

The original practice of mindfulness does not focus on doing or performing but simply being. The concept of non-doing is alien to most people in the western part of the world.

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Mindfulness, which has now gone mainstream courtesy of the various apps, books and online courses, may be increasing selfish behaviour and triggering anxiety attacks, stuff that is never mentioned anywhere.

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

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Instead of practising the broken Americanized versions of ancient practices of the east, one can start with:

  • Basic breathing exercises to improve clarity, and allow us to live in the present.
  • Increasing our love, compassion and kindness with everyone around us, including strangers.
  • Practising mindful listening with attentiveness and care.

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