Up to now, the mindfulness movement has avoided any serious consideration of why stress is so pervasive in modern business institutions. Instead, corporations have jumped on the mindfulness bandwagon because it conveniently shifts the burden onto the individual employee: stress is framed as a personal problem, and mindfulness is offered as just the right medicine to help employees work more efficiently and calmly within toxic environments. Cloaked in an aura of care and humanity, mindfulness is refashioned into a safety valve, as a way to let off steam — a technique for coping with and adapting to the stresses and strains of corporate life.
In many respects, corporate mindfulness training — with its promise that calmer, less stressed employees will be more productive — has a close family resemblance to now-discredited “human relations” and sensitivity-training movements that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. These training programs were criticized for their manipulative use of counseling techniques, such as “active listening,” deployed as a means for pacifying employees by making them feel that their concerns were heard while existing conditions in the workplace remained unchanged. These methods came to be referred to as “cow psychology,” because contented and docile cows give more milk.
Bhikkhu Bodhi, an outspoken western Buddhist monk, has warned:
absent a sharp social critique, Buddhist practices could easily be used to justify and stabilize the status quo, becoming a reinforcement of consumer capitalism.
Unfortunately, a more ethical and socially responsible view of mindfulness is now seen by many practitioners as a tangential concern, or as an unnecessary politicizing of one’s personal journey of self-transformation.
in Huffington Post, tragem concluzia ca societatea occidentala in care traim este in plina contradictie cu psihoterapia de lunga durata si cu orice nu este rapid (in 12 sedinte esti ca nou). Si totusi psihoterapia de lunga durata pare a fi o parte din solutie la impasul social, pentru ca ea cultiva cresterea tolerantei la frustrare si rabdarea, deci maturizarea.
Pentru corporatii este aparent convenabila o spoiala de “bine” psihologic – stil fast food – McMindfulness. Ele nu sunt interesate de integrare, care merge mana in mana cu timpul si rabdarea, ci de “eficienta”. O aparenta eficienta, care pe termen lung, cred ca ne costa pe noi toti.
Daca privim reclamele, majoritatea promit „peste noapte” cate ceva (dieta-minune, medicamentul-minune, tehnica-minune, metoda-minune). Societatea actuala este ca un copil omnipotent de 3 ani care crede ca are lumea la picioare (care vrea totul “acum” sau cat se poate de repede), care crede ca daca stie sa scrie o litera, atunci stie tot.
Cristiana Alexandra Levitchi
este psihoterapeut, psiholog clinician, facilitator constelatii. “Sunt om si nimic din ce e omenesc nu-mi este strain” – vorba lui Terentiu a devenit motto-ul sau.