Mindfulness in the World
Can mindfulness contribute to peace and social change?
Interest in mindfulness has mushroomed. Individuals use mindfulness skills to deal with life’s angsts, students take mindfulness breaks, and employees learn to mindfully deal with the workplace. All this can be very valuable, yet there are also times when we need to go beyond using mindfulness to adapt to the demands of existing organizations and systems and move towards change on a wide level.
“Now, more than ever before, on virtually all fronts, we have a priceless opportunity and the wherewithal, both individually and collectively, not to get caught up and blinded by our destructive emotions, but rather to come to our senses. In doing so, perhaps we will wake up … and take practical steps to envision and nurture new possibilities for balance and harmony in how we conduct our lives as individuals and our diplomacy among nations…” Jon Kabat Zinn
Coming together to nurture new possibilities for applying mindfulness principles.
This site aims to:
- provide a forum for collaboration around applying mindfulness principles to peace and social change efforts.
- explore how lasting social change happens and the role mindfulness can play.
- place mindfulness into a context of loving kindness and compassion.
- ponder questions around adaptation to existing systems versus reform.
- support avenues for skillful action.
Mindfulness and Social Change Around the Net
Getting things done thru connection and collaboration rather than coercion, control or “power over”.
What is systems thinking? Can mindfulness have an effect on a systemic level?
Working for change wherever there is oppression, exploitation, injustice or abuse without demonizing those who are responsible.
Even when events bring up strong emotions such as anger, confusion, frustration, outrage, grief, or fear, we still have a choice of how to respond.