Practising Mindfulness

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Faerie (July 19, 2015, 07:23:02 AM):
Im doing a masters course through a UK varsity for further accreditation. Im walking on tiptoe as my chosen career is filled with potholes of fluff and headgames. Every "tool" Im given, if not outright discarded, needs to be tested before I am inclined to absorb it in my daily life. Its frustrating as I watch how my fellows embrace the woo and the facilitators look proudly upon the magic they bestow... its exhausting to sit amongst this nonsense and look enthusiastic. If the accreditation didnt hold a proper bump in salary, Id have left two months ago.

At any rate, the new buzzword is "Mindfulness". Not in the sense that one needs to consider others but akin to meditation and reflection on one's thoughts. It creates these situations where you are planted on a chair in class whilst some sod takes you "lets leave our earthly bodies, embrace the feelings in the room, let us now travel outside, hear the wind rustling in the trees... MY GODS, THERE'S THE FRECKING MOON! LETS GO THERE!" And yours truly sits there with her eyes wide open wondering where I went wrong in life having to endure this - a different mindfulness if you please. Then you go home and am obliged to write a 3000 word essay on your experience. Just as well I have a good imagination.

Needless to say (but saying it anyway) this particular "tool" is on the ever growing discarded heap. We are assessed on a continual basis and in one session I was probed as to my Mindfullness experiences, upon which I responded "I practice mindfulness in the same manner as prayer"... I passed the module, and Im mindful to be grateful. Fuck. I dont even feel guilty. I was mindfully honest.
BoogieMonster (July 19, 2015, 21:31:56 PM):
I admire that you are able to recognize the irony that these fools are not self-aware enough to realise they're being taken for a complete ride yet espouse to be unusually "mindful". Clear thought like that is so disturbingly rare.

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where I went wrong in life having to endure this

You thought. You could be in 1000's of other situations and still experience the same feeling. The problem is you had thoughts.

brianvds (July 20, 2015, 04:31:40 AM):
Then you go home and am obliged to write a 3000 word essay on your experience. Just as well I have a good imagination.

I'd be tempted to write something so over the top that even they would begin to suspect that I'm joking with them. :-)

Anyway, what kind of job do you do that expects you to attend this sort of thing?
Faerie (July 20, 2015, 05:41:56 AM):
Lets call it psychology in the workplace, and to drill it down further, coaching, life coaching. Where I find myself at this point of time is enabling people to think for themselves, a truly wondrous thing in some instances, but horribly enlightening in others where you come to the conclusion that some grown-ass people are utterly incapable to do so.

The frustrating thing for me personally Boogie, is the fact that this type of shit actually works on most people, which is why its peddled and why an executive coach can ask R7500 for an hour session. Its my pension plan, I can do this bullshit with my eyes closed until Im 80. Not saying I like it, just saying I can.
BoogieMonster (July 20, 2015, 09:53:04 AM):
The frustrating thing for me personally Boogie, is the fact that this type of shit actually works on most people

Some people are really fucking stupid.


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I can do this bullshit with my eyes closed until Im 80. Not saying I like it, just saying I can.

Yeah, I've often wondered how many BS peddlers believe what they say. I mean, It's tempting even for me, knowing how this all works could be really, really profitable.

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