In 2009, after many years dedicated to practising meditation as a Buddhist monastic I returned to London. Once again it wasn't immediately obvious to me that there was a great demand for this ancient practice in modern society and as a meditator I still felt out of place.
Now in the last few years it has become apparent that something truly huge is taking place.
Mindfulness is the modern and secular presentation of meditation and it is now being adopted in business, education, psychotherapy and even in the military!
Below are the Google trends for Mindfulness as a search term over the past few years:
So why this surge in interest?
Just this morning I stumbled upon this article in the London Metro newspaper:
But not only that. People are increasingly becoming aware of the numerous benefits that arise from meditation:
- a greater sense of wellbeing
- greater mental space and clarity
- an increased ability to focus
- greater empathy
- greater resilience
- many also claim that it increases productivity
Mindfulness is a secular practice that is scientifically proven in its efficacy and it is easily integrated into 21st century organisations and institutions.
Basically there is a need to find strategies to cope with the mayhem of our everyday existence and for the above reasons Mindfulness meditation is proving to be extremely popular.
If your organisation is interested in setting up In-House Mindfulness workshops and sessions with an experienced meditation instructor, have a look through the slides below and get in touch!