Contemplative activism

mirabai-activismMirabai led the Seva Foundation’s Guatemala Project for 10 years, from 1986 to 1996 when the country was recovering from the violence of civil war. With villagers throughout the Altiplano, the Project created a program of integrated development and later trained North Americans in long-term accompaniment to prevent further violence in re-populated villages. In Springfield, Ma, she worked with The Learning Tree, an alternative education center that prepared African America young men for college and helped to build the James Baldwin Scholars at Hampshire College. As Director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, she initiated and oversaw the Social Justice Program, which hosted retreats and contemplative trainings for hundreds of social justice activists and organizations.

For further reading: “Contemplative Practices for Activists,” The Love that Does Justice, eds. Michael A. Edwards and Stephen G. Post, Unlimited Love Institute, p. 93-98. 2007.