How we do it
We aim to integrate issues of social justice into our training. Our intention is to move mindfulness away from a training that can contribute towards social atomisation towards an education that acknowledges and is comfortable with identifying the socio-economic and political causes of ill-health. We’d like our teachers to be socially aware of the roots of inequalities in our societies and the ways in which certain characteristics of difference like race, class, gender and sexuality are exploited to create vulnerabilities and social divisions. We train our teachers to recognise our privileges, blind spots and power and to become conscious of how we exercise these.
At present, CMI are taking a break from Teacher Training while we overhaul our programme to ensure that our work acknowledges and responds to the interconnected climate, political, economic and social crises. We work in the service of clear strategies and actions that overcome injustices and inequalities and foster community. We seek to understand individuals as part of communities and society, not as separate or atomised.