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Mindfulness and meditation have never been more fashionable than they are today. These practices are being used everywhere from business to healthcare, to the sports field to help people reduce stress, deal with the difficult and boost performance. So how did these once niche spiritual practice end up evolving and being applied in all sorts of different contexts to become one of today’s most important and influential trends in general wellbeing and mental health? In this session you will learn what mindfulness is, how it got to where it is today and hear perspectives on where it might go next.
Rohan Gunatillake heads up Mindfulness Everywhere, a creative studio making products which combine meditation, technology, and design. Their products include Kara, Sleepfulness and Cards for Mindfulness and are best known for buddhify, the hit modern mindfulness app which has been used for over 50 million minutes of meditation and counting. Rohan’s first book, This Is Happening, is published by Pan Macmillan and rightly or wrongly, Wired magazine once named him as one of 50 people who are going to change the world.