Via BuzzFeed comes an interview with an ‘expert’ that asks, simply, Why “Mindfulness”?
Cheryl Jones – a strategy leads in Aetna’s Mindfulness Wellness program suggests that, by practicing Mindfulness:
You will begin to see things as they are rather than how you wish they were. You may notice some things you want to change. It’s important to be patient with yourself and make one small change at a time.
But, for all of the definitions you might find across the spectrum of internet searches you could perform on the subject, you would be hard pressed to find many people talking about the idea of practicing mindfulness for the purpose of saving humanity from itself.
What do I mean by that? Well, at the risk of being overly dramatic, look around you and think about how many of the people you see out there that spend so much of”themselves” on distractions… over-connected to cell phones and electronic gadgets… That everything about them couldn’t be further away from “the moment” and couldn’t be less inward focused.
There is no denying that life is hectic, and work is hectic, and the demands on our time and energy are often a terribly heavy burden… but the more technological progress we make (and the more efficient we have become with its uses) the less attention – it seems to me, at least – we spend of this time and focus on ourselves.