Angela Melzer / Meditation / January 19, 2018
WHY IS MINDFULNESS THE NEW FAD?
You see mindfulness everywhere, the newspapers, 60 Minutes, and medical schools. And yes, even a law school or two has prescribed to the idea that mindfulness is the best way to cultivate good lawyers. The company, Google, has a mindfulness professional titled: “Sr. Manager, Well Being and High Performance Learning”. Oprah Winfrey jumped on the mindfulness bandwagon and has done some spectacular 21 day mindfulness challenges with Deepak Chopra. And the list goes on and on……
So what is mindfulness and what are the components that aren’t so sexy about practicing it? I’m a licensed clinical social worker who has a background in occupational therapy. I practice mindfulness based counseling and coaching, and have been meditating daily since 2007. Yes, that means I’m a new meditator. It’s kind of like living in a ski town (which I do – Steamboat Springs, Colorado). Nobody is a local unless you homesteaded the land and birthed your first child in a chuck wagon.
SO, WHAT ARE BASICS TO MINDFULNESS? IN MY OWN WORDS, HERE ARE THE MAIN COMPONENTS: