Do mindfulness and politics go together? Mindfulness can help us develop skills and qualities that deepen our connection with and understanding of our values and beliefs and this may in turn inform our political choices.
The Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness is rounding out our second year as Kansas City's premier nonsectarian mindfulness and meditation center. Our experiences have been invaluable and we continue to learn as we build community together.
Compassion is a necessary ingredient in engaged mindfulness; however, as with any concept, it's susceptible to misunderstanding and manipulation. In previous posts we have discussed the difference between wise and unskillful compassion. Here I'd like to discuss a distortion of benevolence that's becoming more apparent in our mainstream culture - one in which inequality and … Continue reading Near Enemies of Compassion
Recently Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, Dr. Sydney Spears, provided an interview for Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris in which she shared her views on the important role of self-compassion in diversity, equity and inclusion work and vice versa. Please take some time out of your day to listen to this important conversation: "Dr. Sydney Spears … Continue reading Self-Compassion, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The practice of mindfulness can help us pause before reacting impulsively to acts of aggression or hatred. This makes space for considering the many choices available to us for responding with skill and wisdom. Evidence throughout history and in the research demonstrates that a more reasoned and compassionate response leads to better long term outcomes for us all.