take5_d_shorterer wrote:Another view in this article from the Guardian, which raises three points that
1) "mindfulness practice" might have bad consequences
2) it has often become a semi-mandatory part of some corporate retreats and other official activities,
3) the people who lead these sessions are not necessarily well-trained.
I know someone at work who had a very bad reaction, for want of a better term, to mindfulness. So I’m sure that exists as a phenomena.
I also think that just because meditation can help with coping with stress and pressure at work it doesn’t excuse employers from being the cause of it.
I didn’t even realise I was that stressed at work when I first discovered it. I had been working under such enormous pressure for so long (and getting really good results performance wise) that I hadn’t noticed that I’d normalised the stress and that it was changing my behaviour and affecting my relationships and my health, even though I felt fine. What mindfulness has helped me to do is recognise when the pressure and workload is too much and rather than just gritting my teeth and getting on with it, taking positive action to deal with it which has sometimes meant having conversations about it with my employer, and renegotiating targets and deadlines etc which are possible to achieve but at a cost to me which is not good for me. And I’m lucky, my employer and my manager have both been great.
I agree with the quote below and I think it’s unacceptable.
“Mindfulness has been grabbed in recent years as a way to help people cope with their own powerlessness in the workplace,” Davies says. “We’re now reaching the stage where mandatory meditation is being discussed as a route to heightened productivity, in tandem with various apps, wearable devices and forms of low-level employee surveillance.”