A British author friend, Ruth Whipmann, author of America the Anxious, was shocked by something when she moved the US: 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.
The benefits of mindfulness — touted as a panacea for a myriad of problems from anxiety to chronic pain, has come under some debate. A few years back, a mindfulness research conference attended by the Dalai Lama and other scientists and celebrities came to a close with more of a loud bang than a quiet gong. A lot of questions and concerns were being raised about its benefits.
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