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Mindfulness is problematic

Mindfulness is problematic

The founders of the mindfulness movement have grown evangelical, predicting that the discipline has the potential to ignite a universal or global renaissance. Mindfulness enthusiasts believe that paying closer attention to the present moment without passing judgement has the power to transform the world.

Yet, anything that offers success without trying to change is not revolutionary; it just helps people cope. It could also make things worse.

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Worthy dimensions to mindfulness practice

Mindfulness does help reduce stress, chronic anxiety and other disorders. Becoming aware of automatic reactions can make people calmer and potentially kinder. Yet, the problem is how mindfulness has been packaged.

Mindfulness is essentially concentration training

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Overturning a dysfunctional system

Instead of setting people free, mindfulness help practitioners adjust to the conditions that caused their problems and reinforce its destructive logic.

People are expected to adapt. Stress has been pathologised and privatised, and the burden of managing it is outsourced to ...

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Mindfulness advocates unwittingly provide support for the status quo

Mindfulness advocates unwittingly provide support for the status quo

Instead of discussing how attention is monetised and manipulated by large corporations such as Google and Facebook, we are told to find the crisis in our minds, saying it is our failure to be mindful and resilient in an unsure economy. 

If we are sad about being unemployed and losing our he...

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The commodification of mindfulness

Proponents of mindfulness believe that the practice is apolitical and that moral inquiry should be avoided.

It is assumed that ethical behaviour will happen naturally from practice, through the teacher's example of soft-spoken niceness, or through the chance of self-discovery. But it is fla...

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Promises of mindfulness

Promises of mindfulness

All that mindfulness promise is "cruel optimism", as cultural theorist Lauren Berlant shows. We are told that if we practise mindfulness and get our individual lives in order, we can be happy and secure. We are promised that stable employment and success will naturally follow. It is implied that ...

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The inventor of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction proclaims that mindfulness may "be the only promise the species and the planet have for making it through the next couple of hundred years”.

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Mindfulness is a $4bn industry

The presentation of mindfulness is packaged in a friendly way that is warmly received in popular culture. It has then also become a useful tool for those who favor neoliberalism.

Neoliberal ideology holds that all decisions about how society is run should be left to the workings of t...

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