Neuroscience is still very much ‘du jour’ but even more ‘en-vogue’ at the moment is mindfulness which certainly seems to be having an extended 15 minutes in the mainstream spotlight. A random selection of recent articles includes:
Should we be mindful of mindfulness? (The Guardian)
‘Mindfulness’ therapy adopted by stressed Britons (The Telegraph)
And you must surely know you have arrived when there is an All Party Parliamentary Group set up in your honour? The APPG is closely connected with theMindfulness Initiative (a collaboration of the Mindfulness Centres at Oxford, Exeter and Bangor Universities) which is particularly interested in mindfulness as it applies to:
This increased awareness of mindfulness has to be ‘a good thing’ given it’s established benefits and although at think. change. we rarely lead with it as a topic in our client work; we frequently refer to it as people ask us for suggestions on how to improve brain performance across areas such as efficiency, stamina and resilience. And if the differences between ‘mindfulness’ and ‘mindful meditation’ get lost in this blaze of publicity, well, we can explain this later when some of the fuss has died down.