In the press: Mindfulness goes mainstream

It has been on the cover of Time, is the subject of a parliamentary report and helped Britain’s Olympians win gold. Here is how the media has covered the rise of mindfulness

Meditating their way to medals! Did a mindfulness app help Team GB win their most successful haul ever?
The Daily Mail, 7 September 2016, by Jo Tweedy
Team GB athletes used meditation and mindfulness to enhance training, according to the report. Tom Daley, the diver, spoke out about using Headspace app ahead of the Rio games, while Laura Trott, Britain’s most decorated female athlete, said being mindful helped focus her thoughts on the track during the Olympics.

Mindfulness in the mainstream: an old solution to modern problems
The Guardian, 20 October 2015, by Robert Booth
After a year-long enquiry, an All Party Parliamentary Group outlines how mindfulness should be offered across the public and private sector in a bid to improve the nation’s mental health. The report makes recommendations for education, the NHS, the criminal justice system as well as the workplace.
Caution is recommended as it is vital to ensure the training is handled sensitively by an appropriately trained person and that organisations are truly committed to the health and wellbeing of their employees.

The Mindful Nation UK Report on Mental Health in Public Policy
Mindful, 20 October 2015, by Ed Halliwell

Politicians and comedians discuss mindfulness in parliament
The Guardian, 7 May 2014, by Robert Booth
Lord Andrew Stone describes how mindfulness helped him in talks with Egypt’s leadership, while the MP Tracey Crouch says it helped her come off anti-depressants. The benefits of mindfulness – championed by the comedian Ruby Wax – have caught the attention of Liz Truss, the education minister, and Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, and are being explored further in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mindfulness.

Why we will come to see mindfulness as mandatory
The Guardian, 6 May 2014, by Madeleine Bunting
Is mindfulness a New Age fad or here to stay?  Madeleine Bunting explores the relevance of mindfulness to people in a wide range of contexts: adolescents at school, sports people, busy corporate executives and parliamentarians. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the molecular biologist from MIT who brought mindfulness into secular society, reflects on how in the 1960s his jogging was considered a bit weird, but is now mainstream. Perhaps the same will be said of mindfulness?

The Mindful Revolution

The mindful revolution
Time Magazine, 23 January 2014, by Kate Pickert
Why finding peace in a stressed-out, digitally dependent culture may be simply a matter of thinking differently.

Mindfulness develops dynamic leadership
The Guardian, 14 August 2013, by Cheryl Rezek
This article explores how mindfulness underpins a leader’s ability to think and operate with clarity and perspective despite the challenging and uncertain environment in which they operate.

Fishes and trees: 12 timely mindfulness tips from Albert Einstein
Huffington Post, 17 July 2013, by Melanie Harth
‘Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid,’ Albert Einstein has said. As 70% of the US work force are recognised as disengaged, according to a Gallup poll, this article shares 12 tips to fully engage with your life.

How to be a mindful leader at work and home
The Huffington Post, 7 October 2010, by Ronald Alexander
The leadership consultant and author Ronald Alexander discusses the benefits of mindfulness. These include responding with awareness rather than reacting in crisis; providing a sense of calm and clarity; and being able to tap into your creativity and resourcefulness.