Mindfulness might be considered a household word these days and in its dissemination, it has been mischaracterized in a number of ways. It is a state of being that can be cultivated with practice, involving purposeful, yet gentle and compassionate, sustained attention to present moment experience. By cultivating mindfulness, we begin to see things more clearly, making space for wise responding.
Although it sounds simple, it isn’t easy and this is where much of the confusion arises. In this series, I discuss the most common myths I encounter about mindfulness through my work as a psychologist and mindfulness coach and I attempt to debunk them. Click the following links to clear the air around mindfulness and its practices:
- Its Pure Bliss – mindfulness allows us to be open to and learn from all experience, not just the pleasant stuff.
- Its Selfish – the practices cultivate compassion for self AND others.
- Its All Woo – there is a growing body of scientific research supporting the benefits of mindfulness.
- Its a Quick Fix – the practices take time, patience and persistence to develop.
- Its a Cure-All – although the practices can be quite helpful, they are not a panacea.
One becomes like that which is in one’s mind – this is the everlasting secret. – Raimon Panikkar