Focus on the now. But if mindfulness has made self-help gurus rich, as they pump out books promoting their expensive residential courses, does that in and of itself negate the benefits of a craze that has penetrated so deeply into our communities, reaching into schools, prisons and nursing homes?
Listen to the sounds in the room. But, critics argue, divorcing mindfulness from the quest for a moral life makes it an exercise in accepting the status quo, something that plays into the hands of the very forces, mostly corporate, who have popularised it for their own machiavellian purposes.
For others, it is the infiltration of mindfulness into the popular consciousness that they find unforgivable. If you can afford behavioural therapies, by all means do that too. Focus your mind, slowly, on your feet… calves… thighs… abdomen… hands… arms… chest… shoulders… neck… head… face.
If all of that feels a little saccharine, perhaps now is an opportune moment to turn to science for some truth. I will never forget the liberating joy of willful destruction I experienced that day.
Perhaps the enduring appeal of every approach that embraces the now, from yoga to pilates; and from meditation to massage, is that it allows us to forget our anxieties, our worries, our fears and to enter into that state of flow which allows us to unconsciously feel at one with the universe.
If I can find something that I can work into my daily practice and build into my life, that makes me less anxious, less stressed and less likely to become depressed, then hallelujah, bring it on.
Following a mindfulness programme reduces many of the most toxic elements of stress, including anxiety and depression. Whatever the original source, research by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality concluded in that mindfulness does indeed have an effect.
Allow your thoughts to wander and as they appear, let them flow away. To which I reply, who cares? I spoke to Karen Miles, a staunch advocate of mindfulness and founder of popular website meinmind. For me, the logic here is absurd. Nor is mindfulness a new concept, despite what the cynics would have us believe.
And how does it work? Rather than grandiose claims, simple messages dominate. Feel the oxygen flood your core, flow into your limbs and cleanse your mind. Or are we just wasting our time, handing over our hard earned cash to men in expensive suits who simply re-package the wisdom of the ancients for our modern secular age?
You are, I am, we are. Susan Mullane Close your eyes. Just because something is popular, does not make it worthless.
Remember, also, that a societal focus on positive mental health is a wonderful development for a country whose wellbeing has been severely challenged by years of austerity, high unemployment and emigration.
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