Is Being Mindful First World Bullshit?

“Mindfulness is First World Bullshit.”

So said a Reiki client of mine, climbing off the massage table and reaching for the bowl of seeds and nuts I had set out for him.


I am used to all kinds of reactions after Reiki sessions. But mostly I expect that kind of bliss-ed out, spacey look until I’ve fed and watered them. Not much talking happens straight away. But this client had words to spare. And thus ensued a barter of ideas while we sat and decompressed.

“Why do you say that?” I asked.

“Look around you.” I did. “What do you see?”

“Mmm. A room with a fire, a cozy space, nature outside the window…you eating seeds like a squirrel…” I laughed. He was eating voraciously, mind churning. “You’re supposed to be relaxed…I must be losing my touch.”

“Seriously. I was thinking while you were getting my food…thanks, by the way…we’re just a bunch of spoiled, first world brats, we have everything we want.” He waved his arms around the room to show me all I had.

Personally, I don’t think that I have everything I want. I need a new kitchen with a larger pantry and a gas stove.

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