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Social mindfulness for systemic change

Mindfulness Connected

In this session you will...

  • Discover that the context for mindfulness matters
  • Explore how the separate psychological self is at the heart of the problem
  • Learn how to make uncomfortable feelings goldmines of insight
  • Understand that mindfulness is a social as well as individual process
  • Work with experiential ethics to explore meaning and purpose

Mindfulness is increasingly offered to us as a way to guide our passage through life, empowering us by making us responsible for our mental and emotional states. This growing movement is viewed by some critics as having become over-commercialised, acting as a kind of ‘anaesthetic’ to the systemic injustices and problems that plague society. 

By returning to true mindfulness, we can properly understand the principles and practices that enable us to make sense of our troubled world – avoiding the trite misinterpretations of mindfulness that bombard us via screens and bookshelves.

‘Social mindfulness’ extends the common perception of mindfulness to help us understand the relationship between our own sense of self and the way we relate to each other as a means to empower change. None of us operate in complete isolation, and by celebrating our shared sense of meaning, mindfulness has the potential to enhance our lives, and those of the people around us.

This Meaning workshop will connect mindfulness, practical philosophy and ethics. Guided by Mark Leonard, there will be activities that facilitate relational learning, with clear explanations, and short guided mindfulness meditations that will deepen our understanding of mindfulness and explore how it can be a force for change. 

This workshop is suitable for anyone – with whatever level of experience – who wants to learn about the importance of combining mindfulness and relatedness. Prepare to challenge your existing perceptions of mindfulness… 

About the host – Mark Leonard

After a career spent striving to improve our world through sustainability practices, Mark Leonard turned his attention to meditation, as a way to tackle the unhappiness and injustice that underlies so many of our struggles. He played a key role in establishing the Oxford Mindfulness Centre in 2008 and then adapted Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to the workplace. This new context called for a new approach, ‘social mindfulness’, to reconnect ethics and organisational change. 

All participants will receive a copy of Mark’s book Social Mindfuless: a guide to meditations from MBOE.

Connect with Mark

Visit the Mindfulness Connected website

See Mark’s LinkedIn profile


Registration for breakout sessions will be open to Meaning 2019 ticket holders from 9:30am on Friday 25 October.