Look at the cover. What do you see?
The author (Kate Pickets) discusses the resurgence of mindfulness practices and the growing amount of new science to back up the benefits. The article starts by discussing mindfully eating a raisin, according to the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) principals developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn (full article HERE).
Pickets asks WHY, at this point in our tech-riddled, fast-paced, stress-filled lives, mindfulness is gaining popularity? And, HOW is it helping to break through the noise and bring our focus back from multi- to single tasking with focus and full concentration?
I whole-heartedly support the ideas and think it’s a big deal that it is becoming so mainstream… yet, something about the way it is presented seems off.
Joanna Piacenza, at the Huffington Post, discusses the problems with it. “They’re selling Buddhism to a crowd that thinks they need to buy it… This new definition of Buddhism is perfect for those who want to dabble around spiritually without fully committing to a set of moral or ethical rules”
Woman: When is mindfulness marketed towards men?
Beauty: Is this an accurate portrayal of the American woman that is a practicing Buddhist?
Race: What about cultural diversity?
According to Piacenza, “this cover, taken at surface-newstand-value, reveal that when it comes to mindfulness & Buddhism in America, you’re not getting the whole story.”
… what do you think? much love.