Just to be clear, I’m not advocating for mindfulness but I definitely see it gaining momentum. I will also not be surprised to see “mindfulness” become the buzzword of the year.
- What is Mindfulness? It’s a state of active, open attention to the present. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
- My friend, Andrew Jordan Nance, Founder of Mindful Arts in San Francisco, first told me about mindfulness a few years ago when he mentioned the children’s book he was writing called Puppy Mind. The book has gone on to become a best-seller and Andrew is working with educators on how to incorporate mindfulness into the curriculum to help children become more focused and attentive.
Fast forward one year and mindfulness is popping up everywhere. Here are a few recent examples:
- Based on Google Trends, Mindfulness got a huge boost last August after the 60 Minutes Anderson Cooper Special with Jon Kabat-Zinn.
- Corcoran Group held a meditation event (instead of a cocktail party) for brokers at a new luxury condo development that happens to have a yoga room on site. The meditation was run by MNDFL, a firm that runs several meditation studios throughout NYC.
- Mindful Drinking: people are drinking less (including me). In London, young people are practicing ‘mindful drinking’ as well. The idea behind it being to change one’s attitude and emotions about alcohol, perhaps by not drinking at all on a night out, or just cutting down.
- Schools are using mindfulness to change student behavior: Several teacher friends are undergoing training to bring these concepts to schools – for all age groups.
- Steven Universe Animation on Cartoon Network: This show is very polarizing but its fans are rabid about it. For those that have never seen it, like me, there’s a great explanation of the mindfulness aspects on Jay Borenstein’s blog.