Contemplative Activism

Contemplative Activism is the realisation that one of the wellsprings of our social and personal pain and confusion is the lack of a contemplative mindset — the mindset we are in when we are “connected.” Contemplative activism means doing the activism that we already do, such as climate activism, with a contemplative or reflective mindset. It also involves asking ourselves how to be activist on behalf of the contemplative mindset — to give our wholeness its central place in our lives, organisations, and in society.

We see many expressions of contemplative pursuits such as mindfulness, embodied movement, and trauma healing to name a few. We are collectively exploring contemplative pursuits’ of intertwinedness, and co-creating a space for these related pursuits to make each other more whole and more effective.

Please join us for our weekly call where our nascent, irreligious Sangha meets. We are currently exploring themes such as suffering, racism, and denial, with a generous smattering of recipes and other inquiries into our human condition.

Connect with us on the the usual link:   https://zoom.us/j/635680713
Sunday 18.00- 19.30 UK time.

Recent Posts

  • Universalism: do we dare question it?
    Life Itself Salon Saturday 6th February 6pm – 7:45pm CET Recent political events have made the fact that we live in an experiment more palpable. It is a daring experiment, there is perhaps nothing more experimental in our culture than the idea of achieving equality here on earth before judgement day.  One particular question has […]
  • Contemplative Disposition
    I asked the question at the end of Sunday’s Contemplative Activist Sangha call, “Have we held this exploration of Patriarchy contemplatively?” What did I mean by that? What does holding a discussion or an exploration contemplatively mean? I was curious about whether we felt that we’d held this sometimes hot and uncomfortable discussion as contemplatives […]
  • On Contemplative Activism and a vision of Life Itself
    This extract is taken from a session at our Gathering 2020 on Collective Practices. Here, Valerie Duvauchelle summarised what was said and some suggested ideas. This is very much a work in progress, and we invite you too to participate. Contemplative Activism is another name for awakening to s(S)elf, the basis of Life Itself’s vision  […]
  • Sitting With the Trouble
    By Charlotte Du Cann Sit beside me: I am in a circle in the back room of a small pub in North Oxford, under the shelter of a giant copper beech. Spring is unfurling its leaves. A man is talking. His name is Edward and he is the oldest person in the room, the unofficial […]
  • Contemplating Denial
    Rabbit holes, rabbit holes everywhere.Which one to go down? “Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waist-coat-pocket or a watch to take out of it, and, burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and was just in […]
  • Contemplative Activism: A Primer
    We are proposing that contemplative awareness, skills and practices can inform our responses to our collective cultural process of deep and lasting change. We set out some of our initial ideas in our first paper. Here we are exploring in more depth that some of the proposals might mean. There are some ways in which […]
  • Contemplative activism calls – a reflection
    We do not do any thing revolutionary or ground breaking. We just sit and listen to each other on zoom. And we feel together and sense together and think together. There is something magic about sitting together contemplating mystery- the unknown and unknowable. The mystery of each of our lives. The mystery of how we […]
  • This uncoordinated Western dance should give us all cause for pause
    The metaphor of the dance is something that has occured to a number of people who have described our response to the corona situation. But the institutions, and the wider populations of the West have been engaged so far in a really uncoordinated, frankly hard to watch group dance. Rather like watching a bunch of […]
  • Letting go of Being Enlightened
    It is strange for me, at this time, to be putting the last touches on a paper on collective wisdom, which argues that to navigate the future well, we Westerners must grapple with our deep attachment to some of our foundational ideas. Is now the time when we start to truly realise that, when we […]
  • CANCELLED: Contemplative Activism ‘drop-in, drop-out’ at Bidston, Liverpool
    The Invitation We are hosting our second event of Art Earth Tech’s contemplative activism initiative, a “drop-in, drop-out” at Bidston Observatory (a lovely space for artistic exploration outside Liverpool) from March 14th to March 29th. The gathering is an open invitation, and very reasonably priced (£15 a night), so please forward this invitation to anybody who might be […]

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