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  • What are the problems with mainstream mindfulness?
  • What are the problems with mainstream mindfulness?
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Can mindfulness help build a better society?

Mindfulness courses promise to help people alleviate stress, improve sleep, and declutter thoughts – but how effective are they and who do they ultimately aid? Canvas8 spoke to Ronald Purser, the author of McMindfulness, about how the practice can better serve individuals and society.

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Used to sell everything from adult coloring books to chicken pot pies, mindfulness has grown from a niche practice to a mainstream, billion-dollar industry that has captured the hearts and minds of Americans. [1] There are almost 1,000 mindfulness apps available for smartphones and Amazon.com stocks more than 40,000 mindfulness-related books, from The Mindful Dog Owner to Mindful Birthing. [2] Jon Kabat-Zinn, who created the mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts in 1979, argues that this form of meditation and self-reflection can ...

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