“Without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change no change matters.”

Reverend Angel Kyodo Wiliams

Mindfulness and Purpose

In 1979 John Kabat-Zinn founded the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program [MBSR] and described mindfulness as paying attention on purpose in the present moment without judgement. Participants report a stabilizing effect from learning mindfulness, and other effects including increased concentration and awareness, anxiety reduction and emotion regulation.

People are often drawn to mindfulness hoping to find ease in the body and psyche, and in the process of developing a practice they might also find a transformed relationship to the outer world with experiences of clarity, insight and re-engagement with values. According to activist and ordained Zen priest Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams mindfulness practice is fertile ground for social justice work such as racial, environmental or disability justice, because of these wisdom effects.

Contemplative practice and social justice action can be both considered forms of mindfulness practice where practitioners find space, creativity, sustainability and re-engagement with purpose.

Bringing awareness to the interplay between stillness and action is a radical act that resists hyper productive modes, while practicing in groups fosters support for communities to re-engage with their purpose.

Mindfulness is also equally resourcing for people working in therapy, counselling, human services, the arts, community services, education or any work engaging values and purpose.

All the programs below offer the opportunity to reflect and learn on these themes as we practice mindfulness together.

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction [MBSR]

The eight-week experiential evidence-based program was first developed in 1979 by John Kabat-Zinn at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Originally developed for people living with chronic illness and stress, the program teaches a range of practices to foster awareness, acceptance and compassion towards our own experience, thoughts, emotional states, body sensations and behaviours.

Suitable for anyone wanting to learn mindfulness or looking for ways to reduce stress reactivity and reflect on meaning and purpose.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy [MBCT]

This eight-week mindfulness program developed at the University of Oxford was designed as a relapse prevention treatment for major depression and is a safe and effective way to support people living with chronic unhappiness. MBCT teaches ways of working with the modes of mind that characterize low mood whilst learning to develop a new relationship to them.

Suitable for anyone wanting to learn mindfulness or wishing to learn ways of approaching experiences with greater awareness and clarity, including for mood regulation.

Tailored Mindfulness Programs

Programs specifically designed for individuals, teams, leaders and organizations who are looking to remain engaged in purpose-based work. Includes team planning days, reflective practice and workshops.

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