Recently, “mindfulness” was the subject of a controversial TIME magazine cover. Featuring a beautiful blonde meditating on the cover, “Mindful Revolution” was the ironic theme for an issue that sparked debate and criticism.
“It’s undeniable that there is a mindfulness revolution going on,” Carolyn Gregoire on HuffPost, “but unfortunately, a homogenous representation of mindfulness practices isn’t uncommon in the media.”
To combat this trend, Carolyn proceeded to share a number of alternative examples of the real mindfulness revolution that is happening: from the David Lynch Foundation to at-risk student programs in Baltimore, to Veteran and PTSD programs in the military:
Despite the often-exclusionary media representation of mindfulness, the “mindful revolution” is spreading everywhere.
“Everyone benefits from meditation,” Russell Simmons, who is on the board of the David Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to bring Transcendental Meditation to in-need populations, told CNN. “This idea of letting your mind settle is in every religion, but is also in every spiritual teaching. But also everyone needs to look inside for reflection in order to work outside. Operating from a calm space has gotten to be the greatest gift that anyone can be given… all happiness comes from inside.”