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The dark side of meditation

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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. >>>

– See more at: http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/cynical-and-amoral-the-dark-side-of-the-mindfulness-fad#sthash.OVacosHt.dpuf

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Author: thelastfurlong

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

5 thoughts on “The dark side of meditation

  1. It’s all a bit creepy isn’t it, I did TM induction in the 70s, cost me 45 quid!! I don’t think the Maharishi had an agenda back then, apart from fame and enrichment of course, he saw it as a way for people to be at peace with themselves. To a certain extent he was right. People get into loop mode, I certainly do with some issues, mantra recital gives your thoughts a rest.

    Now if we start to look into some of these modern incarnations, is there nothing that corporate intent will not bastardise for it’s own purpose, the short, middle and long answer is no, there is no level below that they will stoop. Everyone must be adequately monetised by their production output and/or consumption.

    The WHO, EU, UN, HMG, UNICEF, IPCC, almost any entity you can think of, and many you can’t think of, have all evolved to be corporate facilitators…………. Even your GP, often unwittingly, is one.

    Even with my TM training I can’t meditate myself out of that realisation. I think the modern objective is for people to meditate away that potential realisation. If we are encouraged to meditate to accept what is we’ll never see the problems, if we don’t see the problem we’ll never have the urge to address it.

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