September 20, 2020

Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ is the perfect mindfulness anthem. Yes, really.

Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' is the perfect mindfulness anthem. Yes, really.

March Mindfulness is Mashable’s series that examines the intersection of meditation practice and technology. Because even in the time of coronavirus, March doesn’t have to be madness.


Not many Buddhist scholars cite the work of one Marshall Mathers, esq., better known as Eminem. But that’s what happens in Buddha or Bust, a bestselling 2006 book by veteran journalist Perry Garfinkel about a life-changing trip to Asia to interview the Dalai Llama and other Buddhist luminaries.

Garfinkel gets the assignment from National Geographic in his 50s, right as scoliosis and a degenerative disk give him back pain so crippling he can barely crawl to the bathroom. Then he discovers the movie 8 Mile and its iconic hit single, “Lose Yourself.” A Bob Dylan lover and rap music hater, Garfinkel is surprised by how much the track moves him and motivates him to do the necessary PT — and by how much it connected to his story. …

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