Back in October, something rather unusual happened in the Houses of Parliament: a room crowded with MPs, their staff, policymakers, journalists and opinion formers fell silent. For three minutes, the room was quiet but for the occasional cough and the chimes of Big Ben. This was the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group’s launch of the report on their nine-month inquiry into the role of mindfulness in public policy. As with all their previous dozen or so meetings in Westminster since 2013, they began proceedings with a ‘breathing pause’.

The report describes mindfulness as an “important ...


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