Soon enough, mindfulness will become the next imperative. You wake up, you know you need to brush your teeth, exercise, interact with people at some point, eat well and sleep well. None of these things in isolation will 'solve all your problems' but letting any of these things go long enough, will certainly leave you with many problems.
In a way, mindfulness is the next step in human evolution. Our physical bodies are being evolved to their limits with the help of modern medicine, while at the same time, our minds are being pushed to new limits with the help of modern technology. With all this extra stimulation, comes a toll on our beings though. We are becoming less social, while also seeing an increase in mental health issues. Link to recent studies.
Naturally, our first reaction is to avoid the situation more and continue continuing. This is showing not really producing the results we want though. Link to studies. Western culture is catching up to what ancient civilisations have known for thousands of years, that being present is the antithesis to the anxiety and depression that we are plagued with. Somehow, this is not enough for us. Rates of mindfulness practice are not increasing in correlation to the raft of new evidence proving how important it is for us.
Who knows, maybe it took us decades to learn to brush our teeth and eat well?
Ray Medhora can be found practicing child and family therapy in Sydney Australia as well as training other aspiring counsellors to help them reach their goals.. Ray always feels odd writing in third person.