Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

You're never good enough, are you?

Never happy enough, never relaxed enough. 

And never, you know, sufficiently at one with the world, no matter how much you've been practicing mindfulness.

Surely you remember mindfulness.

It's the practice of being in the moment, rather than thinking about past or future. 

Or, even worse, both.

Yet mindfulness has its troubling aspects.

Dr Alison Gray, chair of the spirituality special interest group at the UK's Royal College of Psychiatrists, believes that it can turn you into an appallingly self-centered sort.

Especially if you practice it on your own.

I am here. I am great. I am everything.

She told the Telegraph: "There's a potential for it to become inward-looking and basically self-centered."

She believes that if you want to be mindful, it should be practiced in groups. You know, like going to church, but without all the fears of eternal damnation.

Dr. Megan Arroll, however, believes that there's a better way than the mindfulness trend.

The new thing, according to this psychologist, is MindLESSness.

I'm assuming that the capital letters in the middle are important, because that's how she appears to have written the word.

Declaiming in the Daily Mail, Arroll also posits that mindfulness has its dark side.

She cites research showing that people who perform this technique can become more narcissistic and end up having even less empathy than before.

MindLESSness, on the other hand, moves the spotlight from being to doing.

Essentially -- or should that be ESSentially? -- Arroll suggests losing yourself in an activity.

You might want to lose yourself in the creation of art, she says. Or being with friends. Or helping others.

Or, well dancing.

I do worry that, for some, an excellent way of helping others is never to dance at all. 

Still, talk to some of the greatest sportspeople or artists and they'll tell you that when they're doing the thing that makes them famous and brings them joy, they're not thinking at all.

They're at one with their activity. They're able to, as Chevy Chase so beautifully put it in Caddyshack, Be the Ball.

Of course, some might find this advice disturbingly similar to "get a hobby."

Still, Arroll insists that being mindLESS, or mindless, takes us back to our childhood days.

"When children play, they are not actively trying to be in the moment. Their activities take up all their attention so that they can enjoy doing life. Therefore, take a leaf out of their book and get mindless. Do an activity you love which frees your mind," she says.

Oh, wouldn't it be lovely to be free? Free of work, free of thought, free of the voices that invade your head at constant intervals.

I could definitely be at one with that.

Published on: Dec 31, 2017