Millennials and Mindfulness

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Mindfulness has been a popular trend for a long time now. As a concept, it has been around for centuries.

But now it is particularly popular among millennials – some of whom probably think they invented it. (Or that it was invented for them.)

But here’s the joke.

The principle of mindfulness is that you should enjoy the moment. You should be totally aware of what is going on around you.

So how do millennials practise their mindfulness?

They spend every waking moment taking selfies so that they can preserve the moment they are about to just miss and then examine it more closely at some future moment which will never come. (When do the selfie takers ever look at all their pictures?)

And when they aren’t taking interminable selfies, the millennials are busy recording their exploits, in great detail, on their social media accounts.

So, a thoughtful word:

Dear snowflake children, you cannot enjoy the spirit of mindfulness if you are forever photographing yourself and sharing your trivial exploits with your vaguest acquaintances.

The principles of mindfulness are that you look, observe, feel, experience and enjoy.

Copyright Vernon Coleman 2018

Vernon Coleman’s books on surviving the world include Toxic Stress – available on Amazon.