Initially, hearing that 2014 is going to be the year for mindfulness was like finding out that those crazy shoes we just can’t get rid of are actually the perfect thing for a party we suddenly got invited to (know what I mean?). But, before digging through the closet to find our kicks, we had to take a moment to reflect on what had been said about last year. Will the ripple that mindfulness is making across the surface of our society actually build into a massive wave as predicted in 2014?
In case you missed it, 2013 was the International Year of Statistics. While my neighborhood enjoyed somewhere between zero and no parties in honor of this distinction, apparently there was a “worldwide celebration of statistical science” going on. Suspiciously, 2013 was also the Year of the Hoax, but I couldn’t find any statistics about just what percentage of the year was a joke (this could vary from person to person). Looking in their rear view mirror, Huffington Post saw 2013 as the Year of Cultural Appropriation. This seemed like a bit of a blanket statement and could probably be tossed out most years (oh wait, this is about Miley Cyrus again isn’t it?). While my research didn’t really provide abundant evidence to support “year of” predictions, mindfulness is uniquely poised to be just exactly the elixir our wired society needs for its own good.
We are excited to see 2014 arriving with mindfulness trending like Katy Perry on a slow day. Top business leaders are meditating (http://goo.gl/j1EpkR), leading companies are bringing mindfulness practices into their board rooms (http://goo.gl/uQOZKf) and from cutting edge scientific research (http://goo.gl/mFLO5U) to casual conversation (check your local hipster hangout), mindfulness has something for everyone. The time is now.
This year and in years to come, it is safe to guess that the pace of our lives will only increase. Most people reading this probably remember a time before email, when phone calls on land lines were the quickest way to connect and messages were left on machines using audio tapes. Nowadays, our attention is increasingly grabbed by the hum and buzz of our electronics and the expectation is that we consistently react to these constant distractions. It only makes sense that a free practice offering an easily accessible way to feel better, improve physical and mental health and still keep up with our lives would gain some attention. We are certainly giving mindfulness a thumbs up, recommending it to a friend, favoriting it when possible and practicing it all the time.