Corporate mindfulness is bullsh*t: Zen or no Zen, you’re working harder and being paid less

The title is provocative but this lengthy Salon article is thought provoking. Are organizations including health care organizations guilty of expropriating Buddhist spirituality to further exploit an already stressed workforce? Are individuals having to go excessive lengths to cope work related problems rather than those problems being addressed? Is Buddhism being debased, devalued and dumbed down? Interesting questions to me, and possibly you.

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2 Responses to Corporate mindfulness is bullsh*t: Zen or no Zen, you’re working harder and being paid less

  1. Kyosei says:

    Mindfulness does not belong to Buddhism or a isTHING to dilute. Teaching mindfulness is an act of compassion and recognition for the stress of peoples lives whether it is from work or personal lives. Mindfulness empowers people to make changes at work.

    • Thank you for your comment. I think in the main that you are right. I participate in a group called Mindfull Medicine PDX which seeks to decrease the suffering of physicians by teaching mindful meditation (MBSR) through an intensive weekend retreat. But I do think the article raises some thought provoking points. In general I am of the opinion that mindfulness is a step – a necessary step – but only a step toward the development of compassion and altruism. I also think that there is a danger that mindfulness can, when utilized outside of well developed social and ethical systems,be misused. I agree with you that becoming more mindfull is helpful for developing discernment and in seeing things as they really are rather than how we want them to be, and this is key to change.

      In the context of Mindfull Medicine PDX we talk a lot about mindfulness being a set of tools to enhance well being but that the reality faced by many physicians is pretty much summed up by the title of this article.

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