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A lively and razor-sharp critique of mindfulness as it has been enthusiastically co-opted by corporations, public schools, and the US military.

Mindfulness is now all the rage. From celebrity endorsements to monks, neuroscientists, and meditation coaches rubbing shoulders with CEO's at the World Economic Forum in Davos, it is clear that mindfulness has gone mainstream. Some have even called it a revolution.

But what if, instead of changing the world, mindfulness has become a banal form of capitalist spirituality that mindlessly avoids social and political transformation, reinforcing the neoliberal status quo?

In McMindfulness, Ronald Purser debunks the so-called "mindfulness revolution," exposing how corporations, schools, governments, and the military have co-opted it as technique for social control and self-pacification. A lively and razor-sharp critique, Purser busts the myths its salesmen rely on, challenging the narrative that stress is self-imposed and mindfulness is the cure-all.

If we are to harness the truly revolutionary potential of mindfulness, we have to cast off its neoliberal shackles, liberating mindfulness for a collective awakening.

©2019 Ronald Purser (P)2019 Tantor

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The Dangers of a Dumbed-Down Dharma

As an elementary school teacher with twenty-five years of service, I’ve witnessed the negative impact of neoliberal economic policies on public education. Recently, my colleagues and I were given copies of Goldie Hawn’s MindUP curriculum with instructions to introduce mindfulness practices into our classrooms. Presumably, a little deep belly breathing accompanied by chimes will offset the damage done by cuts to support programs for our neediest and most vulnerable learners.

This is a timely and important book which I listened to twice in the span of a week. Given all the hype surrounding mindfulness, a sane, well-researched critical analysis like Ron Purser’s was badly needed.

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must read for people getting into mindfulness

in my opinion A read like this is essential to those who would practice mindfulness it really lays out issues on the table and can bring insight both to buddhist and non buddhist practitioners of mindfulness