An Eastern insight, that losing an obsessive desire will prove more satisfying than fulfilling it, has now overtaken even the largest corporations as a mantra for success.
Mindfulness is an awareness of things, a non-judgemental observation of the present moment. Medicine has adopted this simple principle to address stress as a cause of disease, after recognizing that allostatic load impacts the body by unceasingly preparing it for battle. But survival in business, or just societal ratrace, requires clear-headed equanimity – dropping attachment to long-held standpoints of view in favour of impartial wisdom. Allostasis in communities means stability through change, and being firmly anchored despite the surrounding turmoil is a better corporate strategy for staff … and better for your mental health.
“Sometimes we don’t discover the very real limits of medicine until it is our own body that is in pain or diseased, or that of someone we love. Then we can become severely disillusioned, frustrated, and even angry at the discrepancy between our expectations of what medicine can do and the reality”: Jon Kabat-Zinn, ‘Full Catastrophe Living’.