Mindfulness has become a pretty huge buzzword in the last few years. Search the term and you’ll end up with so many different articles, opinions, ideas, and ways to implement the practice that it can become overwhelming.
Most recently, I stumbled upon a few different articles discussing the corporatization of mindfulness. I was perusing through Salon.com and entered the term in the search box. After hitting submit, article after article condemning the use of mindfulness in the corporate world populated my search results.
I was intrigued. With what I've learned about the benefits of mindfulness, how could there be so much negativity suddenly surrounding the practice?
But as I read, I began to realize that many of the authors were making a very strong point: this practice of turning inward and being present in the moment has been twisted to disguise corporate greed. A misrepresentation and misuse of mindfulness practice that shrouds companies’ goals to improve their bottom line with the idea that they care about the well being of those they employ.
This type of dissemination of the practice of mindfulness, although seemingly rampant, doesn’t take away from the fact that incorporating mindfulness into modern Western society has been a boon overall, especially in relation to therapeutic practices.
When paired with the science of cognitive behavioral therapy, the roots of mindfulness don’t become lost or corrupted, as the goals of MBCT serve a similar purpose as the practice of mindfulness meditation in and of itself.
Mindfulness serves to work the muscles of clarity and mental calmness. As a daily practice on its own, it helps to train the nervous system to interfere less with itself because it learns to understand and know itself better through the regular practice of mindfulness.
The articles on the corporate-centric spread of mindfulness seem to focus on using mindfulness to ensure that employees work longer and harder while sacrificing balance in their lives. When it comes to MBCT, the goal is to allow clients to work through their depression, anxiety, and other challenges to maintain their balance and live healthier and more fulfilling lives.
MBCT applies the principles of mindfulness in order for clients to grow and heal, and in turn, those benefits can be used throughout a client’s life in order to maintain these outcomes.
The combination of scientific study and the principles of mindfulness meditation found in 3-Minute Breathing Space and Mindful Mood Balance for Professionals help to ensure that the ideas, lessons, and examples within each course not only honor the roots of mindfulness practice, but provide a solid foundation and support to patients seeking cognitive-based therapy methods.
These educational tools go beyond the fad-like buzz of mindfulness in the media and corporate America.
While the goals of corporate mindfulness seem questionable in many (not all) cases, the goal of MBCT is clear: to support your clients with depression and anxiety disorders using a scientifically tested approach to the incorporation of mindfulness in cognitive therapy.