In 2015 the mindfulness and meditation became the latest hot trend. The mindfulness and meditation industry raked in nearly $1 billion, according to research by IBISWorld in 2015! Why all the sudden has the meditation and mindfulness industry exploded?
First lets look at what we’re talking about: Meditation is not a new practice it’s been around for a long time, some scholars say it dates back to 20 BC.
According to Wikipedia
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity and forgiveness. Meditation often involves an internal effort to self-regulate the mind in some way. Meditation is often used to clear the mind and ease many health concerns, such as high blood pressure, depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness is not the same as Meditation.
According to Psychology Today
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Research shows there are numerous health benefits including effective pain management have been attributed to mindfulness practice.
So back to my initial question why is mediation or the new version “mindfulness” so popular? I believe it’s because the human race on the whole had become so technologically advanced and we think “oh now I have more time to do more” instead of relaxing more. Most people feel they must achieve to feel worthy and worthwhile which is resulting in increased daily stress and anxiety.
For many years many people believed the answer could be found in prescription medications for anxiety and depression and the pharmaceutical companies prospered. Now I believe people are starting to realize that perhaps the drug’s sides effects at not worth it and attempting a more holistic route seems logical.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying anything against mindfulness and meditation. In fact, I have found great personal benefit to it and have recently incorporated formal practice of mindfulness into my weekly routine. Prayer has already been in my daily routine for sometime and I consider prayer a type of meditation. What I find interesting is how people are paying a lot of money to attending mindful and meditation workshops when these are not difficult practices to learn on your own. I think buying a inexpensive mindfulness cd by Jon Kabat-Zinn is a better option for incorporating natural ways to de-stress. I just wanted to point out although you may be helping the industry of meditation prosper more when you buy a cd on meditation or mindfulness or any of the new apps out there, there are also inexpensive ways for you to learn a very beneficial practice. Try the less expensive methods first so that your bank account doesn’t suffer. After all most of us know how stressful financial problems can be!