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With mindfulness now mainstream, many people have begun a practice to help them become more productive, creative, free-thinking, stress-free in the workplace, with - I presume - the intention of having more financial and world success.
This is not ideal from a Buddhist perspective, of course. However, my sense is that it doesn't matter what your motivation is when you begin meditating. So long as you are meditating then, at some point, you will experience something - peace, bliss, oneness etc. - that will supersede your previous motivations and shift your pursuit towards the original purpose of meditation.
This is because, even if you believe and are dedicated to worldly pursuits, and even if you believe you have no interest in peaceful states of mind, the moment you experience it you will understand that, above all things in life, this is what you want most of all.
Of course, that process will take time to unfold. Some people might have dramatic awakenings and shifts - some people have. And, of course, some might end up pursuing both... although I'd hope and expect that what is gained in the mind influences in a positive manner how worldly pursuits are actioned. But what I fully expect to happen over the coming years and decades is more and more mindfulness practitioners coming to their own spiritual awakenings, with more people experiencing drastic shifts in attitude, and more of the effects of meditation (peace, compassion, empathy etc.) influencing how worldly things are conducted, especially in more traditionally ruthless and profit driven ventures like corporations.
The fact is that mindfulness meditation is now mainstream, and in coming times it will be more unusual to not meditate than to meditate. There is no use in clinging on to 'how it should be', rather, our concern should be to expand what is now accepted to help more people benefit more. It is natural for the curious human mind to - upon experiencing the benefits of something - to explore further related information. As such, I expect Buddha's ethical teachings to become more prominent, as well as practices like loving-kindness, all of which are likely to chart similar paths to mindfulness, including scientific and cultural validation.
In conclusion, this is a time of great hope and potential. To pour cold water on the untraditional methods of practice is to ignore the fact that...
MEDITATION IS NOW MAINSTREAM!
This is a truly incredible and unprecedented occurrence, said by someone who remembers clearly the ridicule surrounding meditation only 15 years ago when I started my practice. This is a time for smiles and inclusivity and GIVING! Embrace these times. We are on the cusp of something potentially incredible, and, I for one, wish to be contribute not detract.