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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 we can gain self-mastery and thrive. Yet it is cruel to be promised to have it all if we can sit in silence, watch our breath, and wait.

Because we neglect shared vulnerabilities and interdependence, we fail to imagine collective ways we might protect ourselves.

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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 ...

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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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