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A privilege-based view of mindfulness: Ellen Langer, “On Being”

I was listening today to a recent episode of “On Being” about a topic that’s fairly vexed for me: The question of mindfulness.

There are many reasons why mindfulness is a vexed topic for me. Most importantly, mindfulness makes me excruciatingly uncomfortable. I’ve written on this blog and elsewhere about my own body dysphoria, which makes “being present” in my body an anxiety-riddled endeavor. Also, though, I don’t really like how a lot of white folks talk about mindfulness. As … Read more