Breda O’Brien: Mindfulness not the cure for all that ails us

Practice in danger of becoming another self-focused response that prevents us challenging skewed values

All those years ago, I felt a little bit sorry for Wendy, with her strange longing for shops on Stephen’s Day. Photograph:  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/ Getty Images

All those years ago, I felt a little bit sorry for Wendy, with her strange longing for shops on Stephen’s Day. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/ Getty Images

Over the past while, I have been thinking about a Christmas years ago when my American friend Wendy came to spend Christmas with my parents and siblings in Waterford.

She was mad keen to get back to Dublin on Stephen’s Day, and my mother was more than a little put out to see her daughter disappear back to the Big Smoke with such unseemly haste.

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