Yes, people have been meditating for millennia, but the past decade has seen a sharp rise in mindful philosophies – not to mention meditation apps. Recent studies have shown that there are some benefits to practicing mindfulness, but Caulfield suggests that
it might be symptomatic of a bigger cultural shift that has us all running ourselves ragged. Our excessive busyness and constant connectivity make us yearn for opportunities to clear our heads. “I think it’s really about relaxing and having these moments of peace in our lives that are so rare now,” says Caulfield.