I’ve always thought of meditation as a “good” thing. A way to cope with life. A way of relaxing. But I have just read this article, which I share quotes from. It puts forward the idea that the new craze of meditation/mindfulness, as promoted for the staff in a business, has a darker side. It’s a thoughtful article worth reading.
We, in the West, have taken “Meditation” in it’s most superficial form, to spread – possibly – as a tool of manipulation – to make us docile.
For Corporations from business to Government, it’s a handy method. Non judgemental people are good for them – just what they need, malleable, compliant….
>>>commentators are increasingly seeing the mindfulness fad in a much more cynical light – as an insidious attempt by employers to turn us into non-judgemental little worker-bees. >>>
>>From a Buddhist point of view, it is absurd to watch people espouse mindfulness while changing nothing in their deeper values or daily life. It is as senseless and egoistic as practicing some kind of secular “prayer” for the sake of health and feel-good benefits >>>
>>>The proper spirit is precisely what has been lost amidst the growing popularity of meditation and mindfulness. Buddhists are increasingly critical of the “non-judgmental” stance injected into mindfulness programs by corporations keen to harness meditation’s cool self-improvement vibe without touching on any of the awkward ethical stuff that goes with it. >>>