The story itself is behind a paywall — you can read the opening anecdote about the author examining a raisin in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class — but even before the content is available, the cover has stirred things up.
It features a blonde woman with gold eye shadow and soft pink lips, head tilted back with a blissful expression on her face. One Buddhist teacher I know suggested that she looks like she’s smelling hot dogs cooking. My immediate reaction was that she needs a posture clinic — that head tilt will cause great pain in her shoulder muscles.
The photo prompts some serious questions, though, particularly around the choice of this model as the face of meditation on a general circulation magazine. Does imply that meditation is for thin, wealthy, white women with too much time on their hands? Does it exclude people of color? Or less-attractive people of any race? Continue reading >>