The Mindfulness Revolution

You’ve probably noticed that talk about mindfulness meditation is much more common than it was just a few years ago. Today mindfulness meditation sheffield, I hear about mindfulness meditation from a variety of different sources: on the news, television talk shows, online, and most often in conversation.

It wasn’t long ago that people who meditated were considered to be on the fringes of society. In the 60s and 70s, they were called hippies. In the 80s and 90s, they were called new-agers.

Today, people who meditate are seen as progressive and open-minded. Whatever term we may use to describe them, they are generally loving, kind, generous, insightful, and willing to help others achieve the same rich and fulfilling lives they have.

Mindfulness Meditation Migrates to the West

Though mindfulness meditation has been around for a long time, its migration to the West has been slow, but that has changed over the last few years. There are several reasons for this:

    • Changes in the social and political environment. The end of the Cold War has enabled more communication between Eastern and Western societies.

 

    • Advances in communication technology. The rise of the Internet has made communication much easier for cultures, which previously did not interact very much.

 

    • Prominent figures active in diffusing the practice. Most notably, the Dalai Lama has been quite active in engaging the West. Interestingly, a great deal of his interaction has been with the scientific community, to encourage scientists to conduct research on the practice.

 

  • Compatibility with Western values. Since mindfulness meditation is a practice, and not a religion, practitioners don’t have to abandon their current spiritual faith in order to avail themselves of the benefits of the practice.