Mindfulness & politics

There is a lot to be said for not introducing politics into mindfulness, i.e. leave mindfulness as an oasis of peace. On the other hand, if mindfulness means being engaged with the world as opposed to being on automatic pilot, how can we not have reactions to what is happening around us?

This is up to each of us to figure out. A possible guideline might be to try to be responsive rather than reactive, i.e. pausing for a moment to go deeper into it.

The cartoon featured on this page was published by Dr Seuss in 1941, criticizing America’s policy of denying European Jews safe-haven during the holocaust. The slogan on the Mother’s shirt is part of the original cartoon.

So, we experience a reaction. We pause. We give ourselves a chance to go deeper. What comes up for you?