People today know they need to watch their health, their eating healthier and working out, but what about mental health? While mindfulness and meditation have become more popular over the past few years (in large-part thanks to technology), it’s not yet widely practiced. Some companies, like Humana, are trying to help change that.
We’re hoping that 2017 will be the year that we start to look inward and focus on our mental health and happiness. The benefits of meditation and mindfulness, however, extend beyond mental benefits.
Here’s where mindfulness stands for 2017:
Forbes recently compiled 2017 expectations from some of the most well-known faces in meditation and mindfulness, here were some of the key points they made:
Lizzie Brown (Yoga Wake Up app co-founder): In 2017 meditation will be more accessible and the rest will be less stigmatized. Meditation will be offered across public schools, in the corporate environment and rehabilitation centers and jails.
Christopher Plowman (Insight Timer co-founder): As augmented and virtual reality evolve, even greater opportunities will present themselves in the meditation space.
Patricia Karpas (Meditation Studio co-founder): There will be more meditation apps and devices in the market offering different styles and teachers.
Yunha Kim (Simple Habit Founder): Just 50 years ago, people didn’t run, do yoga or even brush their teeth on a daily basis. It was toothpaste companies like Colgate and Crest and lifestyle companies like Nike and Lululemon who made that happen. We want to do the same for mindfulness by making it an easy addition to your life that you didn’t realize how much you needed.
What do you think is going to happen to mindfulness and meditation in 2017? It is going to pass as another fad or become more mainstream?