Mindfulness is something I’ve been practicing intermittently throughout the last few years. Actually, ever since moving to Los Angeles. The culture here is very high energy—it’s about being on the go, working hard, playing hard, and staying on the pulse of just about everything. Yet, LA is also known for its intense wellness culture. We take our self-care as seriously as our work; here, spa treatments are innovative and experimental, you could fill a whole day trying new exercises, and there are meditation and other spiritually grounded wellness spaces around every corner. I think because so much of life in LA is about the hustle, we have to be meticulous about the little time we spend in escape. Or maybe it’s that we’re so immediately surrounded by the intense calm of the natural world—the ocean, the mountains, the desert, the woods; a multitude of landscapes are just a short drive away—yet so deprived of it while inside coffee shops and home offices and brightly lit studios for so much of the day, so we seek desperately to reconnect if just for a few minutes. Or, maybe it’s just what everyone else in America thinks: we just love to get behind trends. Most likely, all three.
Whatever it is, a life of mindfulness is important to many of us here in Southern California, and it’s something I’ll take with me to whatever city I find myself in next, too. But with a louder, more interconnected world than ever in history, we all have to work much harder in our practices in order to truly achieve mindfulness. It’s an ongoing effort that doesn’t lend itself well to noncommittal subscribers—you won’t get out of it what you want.