This workshop has been cancelled.
How do we create a more mindful society?
By beginning with ourselves and the simple direct experience of being alive in our everyday lives. There is nothing mysterious or mystical about this. Rather, it is an active process of cultivating what we already are as human beings by recognizing our innate dignity, radiance, and courage. This involves persistence, gentleness, and an unwavering commitment to turning toward all that we meet with a wise and open heart.
This special program is a continuation of the creative conversation focused on developing a more mindful society begun in New York City in 2011. It is part of an ongoing and growing dialogue in the national mindfulness community initiated by three leading organizations in the field—The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Omega Institute, and Mindful magazine. Joining the discussion again this year are Ali Smith, Atman Smith, and Andres Gonzalez of the Holistic Life Foundation, which offers mindfulness programs to nearly 5,000 "high-risk" young people and 1,000 adults in Baltimore, Maryland.
Making a mindful society a reality requires more than organizations and meetings. It requires our full participation and willingness to share our hearts with one another. During this weekend we learn and practice open, caring, and respectful communication as a key to developing good relationships, effective organizations, and a more harmonious society.
Mindfulness improves our ability to listen to others and be heard by them. When relationships seem more challenging than ever, when life at work is stressful and complex, when the nation is divided and seeking direction, mindful communication can help us understand each other, express caring and respect, and rediscover our common humanity.
During our time together, we:
- Practice mindfulness methods we can use in our everyday lives
- Learn how to take greater responsibility for clearly communicating our needs and understanding what others are saying, whether we're talking with our doctor, banker, or mechanic
- Explore mindful communication in the workplace for increased productivity and job satisfaction
- Share approaches for healing a divided society so the country can move forward again
No matter what the situation may be, the place to start is by listening to each other and hearing what is here to be heard.
Teachers are subject to change.