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Mindfulness: Beyond the Buzzword

Chapter 1 Mindfulness: Beyond the buzzword

So, what’s the buzz all about? The term mindfulness has popped up everywhere, from training regimens for Olympic athletes to keynote talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

One summer workshop I gave used it in the working title (“Mindfulness: Beyond the Buzzword”), and the room was so packed that people had to sit on the floor. I thought this was great—everyone was so eager to hear about “mindfulness,” a topic that had been somewhat obscure in previous years. While this was encouraging to me, I realized it could be seen as a harbinger of the word’s abstract vagueness, adding confusion to complexity—if a word grows into a buzzword, it runs the risk ...

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