Written by Emma Seppala.
A British author friend, Ruth Whipmann, author of America the Anxious, was shocked by something when she moved the U.S.: Everyone was so busy going to their mindfulness class and yoga class that they didn’t have time to spend with her — nor with their kids or their family.
Thanks to a growing body of research supporting its benefits, mindfulness-based programs are cropping up in corporate workplaces, in schools and hospitals. Celebrities like Arianna Huffington are proclaiming its benefits, football teams like the Seattle Seahawks are sitting for daily meditation practice, highly successful CEOs and leaders like Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio, author of Mindful Nation, are publicly supporting its benefits and magazines entirely devoted to mindfulness like Mindful are gracing shelves. Mindfulness has become a billion-dollar industry with books, life-coach programs and consumer goods to help you become a mindful eater, a mindful parent and even a mindful consumer!
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