From Buddhism to McMindfulness?

There was an interesting programme written and presented by Emma Barnett on Radio 4 yesterday afternoon about mindfulness. I certainly learned a bit about the history of how the practice transitioned from its Buddhist roots to become a Western phenomenon. I think it also came across that while it can sound like a bit like a cult, the benefits do speak for themselves and the academic work on its effects are pretty well established. I also found the backlash against it from some naysayers quite funny — it’s been dubbed McMindfulness by some. The law firms and other companies that have started to introduce it to their offices sounded very level-headed about the whole thing and I can imagine mindfulness in the workplace will be a growing trend.

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