by Bobbye Middendorf
April 19 – 20, 2019, Albuquerque, NM
Mindfulness, like social justice and equity work, takes practice. Fakequity.com
On Earth Day weekend, the annual New Mexico Leaders in Mindfulness Conference aims to energize and mobilize the state’s mindful movement.
Celebrating its fifth year, the two-day gathering opens spaces to explicitly examine the intersection of contemplative practices in the context of social justice, equity, and inclusion. Mindfulness brings awareness to our own relationship to race, privilege and status. Social justice work puts us in touch with the shared suffering we enable.
On Friday evening April 19, in partnership with Yoga and Meditation for People of Color, the conference launches with an evening for persons who self-identify as people of color, with Rhonda V. Magee, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of San Francisco. A frequent presenter at Wisdom 2.0, she is internationally recognized for her pioneering leadership on integrating mindfulness into the criminal justice system and higher education.
Then, on Saturday, she and a number of New Mexican catalysts weave mindfulness for inclusivity and social justice throughout the day into facilitated conversations, deep dialogue, storytelling, art-making, movement and music.
Preeminent Master Mintong Gu presents Qigong for more juice to the well-being and intentions of activists for a better world.
Maia Duerr, author, activist, meditation teacher, consultant, and coach will hold space to explore whiteness in this context.
Samia Assed, mother, entrepreneur, and Albuquerque Center for Peace Council President, brings self-care for activists into focus.
What we value is where we put our energy. Members of Native Health Initiative and its Director Anthony Fleg address health inequities through loving service, a return to the indigenous currency of relationships where sincerity towards others is most valued. Awareness and intention can help us create the world we wish to see. Values-based social impact investors Genevieve Chavez-Mitchell and Paul Mitchell share practical ways money can act as a system change agent.
Genevieve Chavez-Mitchell and Paul Mitchell share practical ways money can act as a system change agent.
Storytelling is a New Mexican tradition and threads the day together. Among others, Winged Women of Esperanza Shelter and Chrysalis share personal stories about transforming trauma through creative, contemplative practices for survivors of domestic abuse.
Saturday evening culminates with socializing, refreshments, dancing, and community engagement.
Many flavors of mindfulness grow from the radiant diversity of our state’s people, organizations, and sectors. The Conference is a space to consciously set a collective intention to listen more compassionately, practice new approaches, and do better for all, together. Mindfully.
I think it’s important for youth to get involved with the Conference. We want to learn to do life really well and mindfulness has been a foundation for me. This Conference helped me see what mindfulness can look like to make a difference in the world. UNM student
“By being here, I feel and see fellowship of how we are using mindfulness to make a more compassionate and generopus state. Leadership Learning Specialist
Bobbye Middendorf, writer, and inner wisdom guide, will and Qi Gong facilitator at conference check-in. WriteSynergies.com.