IN THE SERVICE OF COMMUNITIES
In Shifting from Despair to Hope, we looked at mindfulness at this time of rapid change to understand what is being called for as we increasingly embrace uncertainty, growing inequalities and politically fraught times.
We emphasised how we already participate in communities and looked for where our communities nurture, nourish and encourage wholesomeness. We came to see the need to consciously cultivate community in our lives and to actively move beyond social isolation and empty promises towards reconnection and communal hope.
In the Service of Communities shifts perspective from ‘atomised individualism’ encouraged in certain societies and cultures, and fosters reconnection with community in the ways we understand and practice mindfulness and live our lives.
We aim to better understand how mindfulness might serve our communities and how we may convey this.
To begin this series, we ask some uncomfortable questions about appropriation versus appreciation, who mindfulness is designed for, and why it looks the way it does.
These questions are posed to engender humility and gratitude and to honour traditions and the many ways in which mindfulness may be practiced ‘by another name’.
The four sessions remain practical, educational, and informative. They cover:
- Shifting from “I” to “We”
- Who is the “We”?
- Working innovatively with mindfulness
- The transformation principles of mindfulness