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“Lotus Therapy”: The NYTimes’ out-dated headline

During the last week of May, the most popular (emailed) article among online readers of the New York Times was a feature-length story debating the utility of meditation called, Lotus Therapy.

If you read sites like Soul’s Code, and others that we point to, about the only thing you’ll learn from it will be data points like:

The National Institutes of Health is financing more than 50 studies testing mindfulness techniques, up from 3 in 2000, to help relieve stress, soothe addictive cravings, improve attention, lift despair and reduce hot flashes.

If you embrace the New York Times as the free world’s newspaper of record, the other thing you might realize is the degree to which the mainstream media has embraced a reductionist, Cartesian view of reality — and how far behind they are. These guys make Oprah look like the Dalai Lama!

Here are a couple of chestnuts in the piece:

Some proponents say Buddha’s arrival in psychotherapy signals a broader opening in the culture at large — a way to access deeper healing, a hidden path revealed.

“The interest in this has just taken off,” said Zindel Segal, a psychologist . . .

I could’ve written that 50 years ago — if I were alive. Actually, you could’ve almost written it 150 years ago, at the time that Schopenhauer built the first bridge between western rationalism and eastern mysticism.

The story then quickly nods at the decades-old critique that there’s no scientific proof for the merits of mindfulness.

Yet so far, the evidence that mindfulness meditation helps relieve psychiatric symptoms is thin, and in some cases, it may make people worse, some studies suggest.

If this is the best that the best of the mainstream media can do on this subject of peak interest to a mass readership, it answers the question one Soul’s Code contributor asked us this week: Why are you doing this site?

Here’s one example. You’ll never read this in the New York Times, or Time, or any other large circ, New York publication: testimonials from some of history’s greatest masters of mindfulness in their own words.

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