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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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.
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.
Instead of practising the broken Americanized versions of ancient practices of the east, one can start with:
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.
The enthusiasm for mindfulness makes sense: Research shows mindfulness can reduce stress, increase self-esteem, and decrease symptoms of mental illness.
The effects of mindfulness can be different for people depending on the way they think about themselves. This figurative “water” can really change the recipe of mindfulness.
Of course, water can be filtered, and, likewise, how people think about themselves is fluid: We’re all independent to decide how we think.
The standard advice provided by a lot of people is to "meditate" when experiencing intense feelings such as rage or sadness. It does work, however, a study suggests that too much meditation can do more harm than good, such as:
There is a threshold when it comes to meditating and we should not cross the boundary to avoid further injuries to ourselves.
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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