The author of soon-to-be-released book The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate, Susan Kaiser Greenland, recently wondered: can we make mindfulness approachable without diminishing it? She writes,
But as mindfulness meditation moves beyond the realm of academics and adepts (those who have developed an impressive degree of aptitude in the practice of Buddhist meditation) into popular culture there’s growing pressure to distill mindfulness down to programs that can be articulated in sound-bites — or what is called in Hollywood an “elevator pitch.” Programs that can be described in one or two lines, the amount of time it takes to ride between floors on an elevator. Sometimes I joke about what seems to be a race to create the “Velveeta Cheese” of mindfulness programs–where wide dissemination, sustainability and replication are paramount, even at the expense of the wisdom upon which the classical traditions (and the programs) are based. …Is it possible to translate mindfulness into something that can be of benefit to everybody regardless of religion, ethnicity, education, or age without dumbing it down and forfeiting authenticity?
Read more of her thought-provoking post here.