This Day of Mindfulness will be focused on activists, community organizers, and human rights defenders, creating an opportunity to come home to ourselves so we can take better care of ourselves and others. The path of mindfulness helps us cultivate a clear mind, as well as understanding and compassion, to ensure that we do not perpetuate the injustices we seek to change. It also helps us to be and to cultivate the Beloved Community we wish to manifest.
The lives of social justice activists are challenging and easily lead to burnout. We are working in unjust systems that maintain disproportionate control in the hands of the powerful, and have marginalized and disenfranchised people of color, low income and working class people, women, lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender/queer/intersex/questioning (LGBTQIQ) individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, non-English speakers, and non-Christians.
In this day of mindfulness practice we will slow down and reconnect with ourselves and each other through Sitting and Walking meditation, a Dharma Talk, Dharma Sharing, Interplay, and more. Please bring a vegetarian lunch with you. Donations will be accepted to support the teachers at the end of the day. Suggested donation for the day $50-$15.
Marisela Gomez is a mindfulness practitioner, public health scholar activist, and physician. Of Afro-Latina ancestry, she has spent more than 24 years in Baltimore involved in social justice activism and social determinants of health research, writing, and practice. Since 2004 she has been studying and practicing mindfulness and other forms of meditation at Buddhist practice centers in US, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand and France. She has co-organized and co-facilitated mindfulness retreats for People of Color and Social activists since 2007.
Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation, mindfulness, and compassion internationally, with a focus on children, families, and young people. Of African American and European American ancestry, she was an ordained nun for 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing. She is now a lay Dharma teacher, leading retreats in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Brazil, India and Southern Africa, and offering mindfulness programs in schools. She edited Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh. She also leads regular retreats for people of color, activists and artists. She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and spiritual practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In spring 2015, she was spiritual practitioner in residence at Schumacher College, an ecological college, in the United Kingdom.