When Mindfulness Risks Becoming Mindlessness

When Mindfulness Risks Becoming Mindlessness

Published: Psych Central News

Mindfulness meditation has been unequaled in helping me navigate the stressors that can rob me of the beauty of each moment. It has helped me manage a serious mental illness, and it has helped me confront major and minor roadblocks that threaten to derail all of my plans.

In fact, I believe that anyone can benefit from this practice. And therein lies the problem.

Mindfulness should be about fully experiencing the present moment — taking in all that is around us non-judgmentally, and sharing empathy for the plight of others we encounter. But it threatens to become an individual pursuit.

Time spent in meditation, relaxation, and contemplation can devolve into self-absorption. The meditator risks becoming detached from his own experience, and the experience of those close to him. One can see meditation as a panacea for all ills, and resist putting in the hard work required to overcome obstacles and to face adversity.

A misguided meditator can begin to judge negative feelings and defeating thoughts as inferior, and to extend this misperception onto those she deems negative or unable to deal with daily stressors. And worst of all, one proclaiming mindfulness can detach from a loved one who is exhibiting emotions seen as undesirable. Wishing loved ones to pick up the practice, calm down and meditate can invalidate their experiences. A simple act of wanting what is best for someone else can become an act of judgment, starving a relationship of intimacy and trust.

Read the full article by George Hofmann Psych Central News

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Our immune system weakens, we tend to be more reactive (rather than responsive), more guarded, defensive (crying over spilt milk). And most importantly – our quality of life, our life satisfaction is lowered.

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