A while ago I walked into a particular publisher and saw every title of their upcoming books having “mindfulness” in the title and I was concerned that it was getting watered down. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As of today, mindfulness has evolved within America and has the potential to have a greater influence than we had ever imagined. Leaders around the country are implementing it in early child development, the military, education, politics, neuroscience, medicine, healthcare, business, the prisons, at-risk youth, and of course, psychotherapy. In this post I’m going to highlight a few key things that are happening that you may want to know about and how our culture is ripe for a second wave of mindfulness.

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Get Ready for the Second Wave of Mindfulness

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  1. There will probably be an avalanche of mindfulness stuff and we will get sick of it. Some things claiming to be mindfulness will encompass things we don’t agree are validly mindful. Then its popularity will decrease, and then increase again, going in cycles. :-)

  2. Elisha, I agree with you view of what’s happening. That is, this second wave you’re talking about that’s taking mindfulness beyond being just a mystical practice into something that makes a practical difference to people in organisations. And even, potentially, to whole organisation.

    You won’t be aware of this, but I’ve included mindfulness meditation as a core self-mastery technique in the “three levels of leadership” model.

    However, I have found that mindfulness practice – as powerful and beneficial as it is – doesn’t automatically reach our most fundamental, hidden limiting beliefs. Thus, in my view, it needs to be paired with something else. One technique I’ve found helpful is what I call self-enquiry.

    Thanks for your comprehensive article.

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