There’s a lot of talk about mindfulness. That it’s the solution to a lot of issues with people being stressed, and potentially developing mental health issues. Anything that people find beneficial in this regard is, of course, a good thing.
But the more I read about how people are using and practising ‘mindfulness’, the more it seems like they’re really just practising ‘thinking’.
It seems like we have created a world where if you spend a lot of time thinking you are not being productive enough. We place far more value on the appearance of rushing around and being busy.
So we’ve grasped a new phrase that gives us permission to think. I’m not just sitting around thinking, I’m practising mindfulness, which is totally a good thing that productive people do.
Thinking is a very important thing – and more people doing it more often and more deeply would lead to a lot of things being better. And if mindfulness allows that to happen then, I’m all for it.
But I still prefer the idea that people should be allowed to really think.