Mindfulness and its limitations in a neoliberal society

Transformation through Inquiry: Mindfulness for the Neoliberal Self

by Ronald E. Purser (co-editor of the Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement)  and Jack Petranker (former Dean of the Tibetan Nyingma Institute)

  

“It is not a sign of health to be well adjusted to a sick society”

 – Krishnamurti

Mindfulness, a practice with Buddhist roots but a contemporary secular face, is today found almost everywhere. From programs in schools, hospitals and prisons; to endorsements by celebrities; to monks, neuroscientists, and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have called it a mindfulness revolution. There is much that is good in this. Thousands of people in all walks of life attest to the value of mindfulness in dealing with stress, anxiety, and burn-out, not to mention chronic pain, negative and buried emotions, and much more.

Unfashionable Fascism

[Editor’s note:  What happens when lesser-evil politics leads us to embrace politicians to fight the horrific Trump regime who themselves have their hands filled with blood? It’s a difficult choice, because we don’t want to be like the German communists in the 1920s who refused to unite with German socialists to combat the rising Nazi tide. Certainly preventing nuclear war is a goal important enough that we might want to consider making an alliance with forces that we detest? But we also can’t really understand and change the reaction against the Democrats if we are unable to critique the ways that Clinton and Obama may have contributed to the possibility of a Trump regime (without denying the extreme racism that Obama faced throughout his presidency). So deciding exactly how best to counter the contemporary emergence of fascistic forces is not simple.

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