The footwear and apparel corporation Nike has partnered with the mindfulness and meditation app Headspace, introducing the practices to runners worldwide with the goal of boosting athletic focus and performance. However, the president of an organization that focuses on concerns in the sports world from a Christian perspective says that the development is troublesome and presents a false duplicate for the things of God.
According to reports, Nike has been offering audio-guided runs for some time, but most recently decided to work together with Headspace so that users of its Nike+ Run Club app can now listen to a mindfulness and meditation guide as they pound the pavement.
Headspace was co-founded by Andy Puddicombe, who, according to the group’s website, was ordained in India as a Tibetan Buddhist monk after spending years studying meditation.
A number of major U.S. corporations look to Headspace to incorporate mindfulness and meditation practices into the work day, including Google, Linkedin, Spotify, and even General Electric and Aetna. The company additionally advises the everyday user to find their “solace” from anxiety, grief, self-doubt and other negative feelings in meditation.