Mindfulness practice or meditation has been gaining popularity in the Western world since early 1980’s thanks to Kabat-Zinn’s (Emeritus Professor at MIT Medical School, USA) pioneering work in introducing it from Buddhist practices as a therapeutic tool. Today, mindfulness is used as a one stop solution for everything from mindfulness eating, living, learning, boosting energy, dealing with stress, anxiety, compulsive disorders, depressions, substance abuse, and addiction. The connection between mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s) and psychological/psychotherapeutic theory and practice have become well established over the last few decades. Apart from the therapeutic side, it has also made its way into schools, the corporate world, and even the military. It is being used as a tool to make better decisions and develop emotional intelligence. There are also numerous resources in the form of books and apps, to help us learn about mindfulness. The proponents have declared the beginnings of a ‘mindfulness revolution’. However, this phenomenal growth of mindfulness practice in Western countries has given far less attention to the meaning and origins of the concept than what it can do for you.  The purpose of this article is to discuss what is beyond the current conceptualisation of mindfulness practice and to show that it goes well beyond the purpose of just being a therapeutic and stress relieving tool.


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