Mindfulness probably doesn’t cure cancer
Mindfulness is hot right now and, like any trend, lots of people are jumping onboard to make some money.
Many of these people, in an effort to cash in, are selling what I call mindfulness snake oil.
I recently tweeted about a class offered in New York where attendees had a couple of drinks. They were asked to be more present as they had those two drinks in 90 minutes.
I don’t know anything about the people offering the class – are they trained psychologists or therapists? Is there science behind what they’re teaching or are they just making it up as they go along?
Anyway, someone called me out for posting this and, in hindsight, I’m glad she did.
I need to be more careful about the content I’m curating and sharing with you about mindfulness and meditation.
Mindfulness is the buzzword of the day, so you should expect people to look for ways to profit from it. There are bound to be legitimate people in the mindfulness space as well as charlatans.
So, how can you tell the difference?
I think I found a good place to start. I came across an interesting article from Harvard Business Review. It’s titled Here’s What Mindfulness Is (and Isn’t) Good For.
The researchers who wrote this piece did a literature review on meditation and mindfulness and found that most studies did not exactly meet even decent standards for medical research.
Good news for mindfulness
However, the studies that did meet good research standards revealed four genuine mindfulness benefits:
- stronger focus
- staying calmer under stress
- better memory
- good corporate citizenship.
I personally feel I have experienced the first three benefits. Maybe the fourth, good corporate citizenship, is me producing this podcast.
So, it’s good news/bad news for mindfulness.
There are some awesome mindfulness benefits. We just need to apply some healthy skepticism to all the mindfulness claims.
Let’s be careful out there.
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