Posts tagged spiritual growth

Mindfulness has recently emerged as a trendy modality. It’s almost impossible to go through the day without an article, a celebrity, a meditation studio or an Elephant Journal quote touting its effectiveness in bringing about personal peace and awareness while allowing for complete presence in this world. As a therapeutic concept that’s been around for several decades, mindfulness has provided a way to approach our very imperfect world and enabled people to make sense of their often tumultuous human experiences. However, as with many things born decades ago that were a good idea at the time (think moon shoes, crimping irons and creepy crawlers), it’s time for our own understanding to surpass the concept.

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The Gratitude Myth

I struggle with Gratitude. When I see the viral videos and hear the conversations, I cringe, because while I am cognizant of the benefits of Gratitude, I am extremely wary of how it’s being sold to the public. Not because it doesn’t work (although more often than not it kinda doesn’t since it requires a certain wiring that many don’t have), but because for most, it ends up masking their deepest issues and pain, denying the opportunity for real healing because they’re too busy focusing their minds on their gratitude lists.

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