In a profit-based environment, the original purpose of the mindfulness trend is being hijacked. But there are ways of recovering it . A briefing from Futurist Chet W. Sisk
Before I start, let me say that the movement that believes in a higher consciousness, a more holistic way of looking at the world and a connected way of treating each other is a good thing. In fact, it is quite personal to me as I see it as a tool of empowerment. That being said, it appears to me that the mindfulness movement, particularly in the US, is being transformed by the profit motive.
While the trend of people trying mindfulness techniques such as yoga and meditation have skyrocketed around the world over the last 10 years, so have the carpetbaggers who have come in to exploit the movement to make a fast buck. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/3/29/18264703/mindfulness-meditation-buddhism-david-forbes
There are new mindfulness "gurus" who simply want you to feel "happy". That's opposite to the origins of mindfulness in Buddhism ...those origins are to end suffering ....http://www.buddhistpeacefellowship.org/capitalists-want-you-to-be-happy-self-improvement-and-exploitation/
Some people use mindfulness as a way to check out of social responsibility and see it only as a personal practice. It can become self-indulgent and cerebral. But there are a number of teachers who want to bring it back to it's core understanding....that all things are connected.....https://www.garrisoninstitute.org/blog/mindfulness-and-social-justice/
RECOVERING THE ROOTS OF THE PRACTICE
While corporate franchise yoga studios are doing tremendous business, you may want to rethink your practice and seek out smaller, more intimate studios that provide a much more contemplative environment. The original purpose of yoga was not to give you a proper workout. It was designed to help you get centered.
Meditation is not a way to feel happier about bad situations. As stated in the report above, it is designed to help you feel connected to all living things. Thus, if there is injustice or unfairness or pain or suffering to any you are connected to, your job is to help end that suffering and not disengage from it under the guise of non-attachment.
Remember that mindfulness is a practice not afforded by everyone. If you are in an environment where you are not challenged by financial concerns, your mindfulness experience is different than someone who is worrying about whether their lights will stay on or if they have enough to eat that day. Remember that and support them in creating the environment where they can reduce their worries so they can be present.
Mindfulness is one of the biggest trends of our time. Let's protect its possibilities.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org