Mindfulness in the World
This website is dedicated to exploring how mindfulness practice can help us engage in a meaningful way with larger social issues. Jon Kabat Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” When we truly open our hearts in this way , mindfulness practice becomes about a lot more than simply personal transformation. Mindfulness can bring us into deep connection with both our immediate communities and with the beautiful, mysterious world we’re a part of.
When the astronauts turned their cameras back to look at the Earth, what they found was a delicate and fragile planet. They clearly saw that everything on the Earth is interconnected in a very profound way. We’re truly all in this together.
I have faith that, when we join together, we can truly move towards creating the world we all dream is possible. However, I think the role of mindfulness in bringing about such transformative change has not been fully explored.
Five ways mindfulness can impact social change:
- Self care for those involved in social action (helping activists reduce stress and anxiety, for example)
- Tuning in to personal reactions, thoughts, or emotions (gaining insight into my own bias, for example)
- Connecting with Others (paying attention to our personal interactions and practicing mindful communication)
- Organizational and Systemic Change (Mindful leadership plus change on a systemic level)
- Exploring how Change Happens (Using mindfulness principles to explore the foundations of effective change. Also, using mindfulness as part of an intuitive process to sense the emerging future. )
Self Care for Activists
Working for change when stressed out, overwhelmed, or burned out isn’t effective.
Gaining insight into our own reactions, thoughts and feelings. Even when events bring up strong emotions, we still have a choice of how to respond.
Dharma & Politics by Jack Kornfield “We can either react to terrorism and insecurity with fear, and create a frightened, barricaded society—a fortress America—or we can use the teachings of Dharma to respond calmly, with both prudent action and a fearless steady heart… More
Links: Noticing my own bias, working with fear and more…
Focusing on interpersonal interactions. Bridging divides.
Connecting across political divides, and more…
Working for social change without demonizing others. Are adversarial methods effective?
Organizations and Systems
Mindful leadership and mindful organizations. Reforming our social and economic systems. Connection and collaboration rather than “power over”.
Reform in the criminal justice system and more…
Mindfulness principles and effective change. Mindfulness as an intuitive process of tuning into the emerging future. Moving into systems thinking. Interdependence.
Leading from the emerging future, and more