Silence, Mindfulness and 'Being the Change We’d Like to See in the World'

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'I think what people are seeking for is the experience of being fully alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive” (J. Campbell, The Power of Myth, 1991).

We’ll explore how mindfulness supports us to 'be the change we’d like to see in the world' – to live as 'embodied' human beings, where we experience the rapture of being alive. The human longing for meaning, health and well-being, our desire to be respected and honoured, to do good work, to help and not harm ourselves or others, can come to be embodied.

Embodiment starts with coming to inhabit our bodies with awareness. This broadens to include our intentions, attitudes, insight and understanding. Like a willow tree, we can be firmly rooted in intentionality and understanding, yet bend with the wind of changing conditions. Through a series of guided mindfulness practices and readings from Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology (C. Feldman & W. Kuyken, 2019) we’ll explore:

· The “body” in embodiment,

· The embodiment of attitude and intention,

· The embodiment of insight and

· Being an embodied human being.

Embodiment is seamlessness between our values, understanding and intentions and the ways we think, act, speak and relate. Both dissonance and consonance can be embodied, and kindness, compassion and equanimity support this work.