why mindfulness & equity
Life isn’t perfect, and neither are we.
We all have issues, problems, unresolved traumas and painful experiences. Over a lifetime, we are harmed by systems of oppression (white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, etc.), institutions and groups we’re a part of, even by people we love and trust. We develop habits that help us to cope. We put up walls of “us vs. them” to protect ourselves. We are typically unaware of all the ways we avoid contact with ourselves for fear of unleashing something horrible – bringing up the “stuff” we don’t think we can deal with.
We can face our own stuff.
Left unexamined, our pain only generates more pain. With mindful awareness, we learn to better understand ourselves, our coping mechanisms, and the habits that don’t serve us. We start relating to our experiences with greater skill, ease, and balance. Through mindfulness and meditation, we actually begin to change our minds and heal from the inside out.
We have the power to be better.
Change is always happening. Mindfulness empowers us to move from passive participants of that change to intentional co-creators of our personal and collective futures. As humans, we co-exist, and we are fundamentally interconnected through our histories, relationships, and shared needs. We are literally “in this together.” When we take responsibility for our own state of mind, the effects are far-reaching. By doing our own work, we can actually become the change needed for a more just and compassionate world.