If you haven’t noticed, mindfulness is having its “moment” today—just as yoga did 10 years ago.
In “The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc.,” David Gelles explores ways we’re being sold the idea that we can buy mindfulness. He’s right; just go to the app store on your phone.
Hospitals and marketers are devising new ways to help patients, staff and even medical school students help quiet their minds to improve mental and physical health.
Dr. Michelle Dossett at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital led a research team that concluded mind/body practices can “lead to improved self-awareness, and may enhance other self-care behaviors.”
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Dossett said:
We live in a society in which stress and stress-related health conditions are rampant and medical costs are soaring. Mind-body interventions are minimal risk, low cost and have the potential for benefiting individuals with a range of health problems. Wider availability of these services has the potential to benefit public health and to help curb the rising costs of health care.
Many hospitals offer mindfulness, yoga, Tai-chi and similar programs as well. Here are a few highlights:
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals: Zen-like marketing copy
Via:: PR Daily