Seven ways Compassion-based Mindfulness helps us stay grounded amidst chaos, moving us closer to inner and outer peace
It's hard to imagine peace in the world today when it seems that violence and hatred are escalating. I'm sure for Americans it is even more difficult to see this violence and hatred play out so close to home. It is usually in a distant land or neighborhood that we can keep at arms length from our minds and hearts. The recent wave of violence is touching so many, it speaks to why we take a compassionate stance towards the difficulties in life and why a mindfulness practice that is compassion-based is so terribly important--no one is exempt.
When it comes to working through the topic of violence, though, mindfulness, and particularly compassion-based practices become paramount as tools of response and action. Here are seven ways mindfulness can be foundational to individual and world peace:
Is mindfulness an antidote to violence? I'm not sure such a simple statement can be made, but I am sure that it can lead to more choiceful responses, which may end up curbing violent reactions to circumstances that contribute to perpetual violence.
JoAnn Saccato, MA is a mindfulness teacher, author, life coach, educator, and consultant in Northern California. She is author of Companioning the Sacred Journey and the forthcoming Mindful and Intentional Living: A Path to Peace, Clarity and Freedom