The Mindfulness Effect: An Unexpected Path to Healing, Connections, & Social Justice

The Mindfulness Effect: An Unexpected Path to Healing, Connections, & Social Justice

by Dena Samuels

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How can mindfulness transform your life and your impact on the world?

The Mindfulness Effect invites readers on a journey of discovery and empowerment. The ancient practice of mindfulness, or present moment awareness, allows us to clear the clutter from our hectic lives and find a sense of connection, belonging, and purpose. This powerful tool can be used for: stress-reduction, resiliency, self-empowerment, culturally inclusive leadership, social and environmental justice. This book shows us how.

Based on her own healing journey from a childhood of life-shattering trauma, combined with 20 years of experience as a social justice educator and author, Dena Samuels, PhD, offers us 25 mindfulness practices and activities. She provides a framework for understanding the difference between living our lives by rote based on our social conditioning where we have little choice in our reactions, and mindfully living from an inspired sense of ourselves, where we can choose how to respond to whatever situation arises.

Through embodied and transformational inquiry, The Mindfulness Effect offers strategies to create mindful connection. Mindfully connecting to our inner wisdom promotes: health and wellness, a sense of belonging, and empowerment for a meaningful, purposeful life. Mindfully connecting with others minimizes unconscious bias, and paves the way for deeper, more authentic relationships – both personally and professionally – across social differences. Making stronger connections builds cultural inclusion, where everyone feels like they belong and can bring their whole selves into the room, advancing innovative problem-solving.

Samuels then invites us to mindfully reflect on our own social identities, and the ways they operate in the context of an historic legacy of institutionalized discrimination. Rather than falling prey to spiritual bypassing, Samuels asks us to compassionately examine our roles in the social system so we can mindfully work toward equity and social justice. Finally, mindfully connecting with the earth allows us to understand and respect our symbiotic relationship, support a more sustainable life, and further environmental justice.

Are you ready to take your life, your organization, and the world, to the next level?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155719229
Publisher: Night River Press
Publication date: 09/24/2018
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dena Samuels, PhD serves as a mindfulness-based leadership development and cultural inclusion consultant. Author, activist, public speaker, and award-winning educator, she taught for 20 years at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs in the Women’s & Ethnic Studies program while consulting around the U.S. and beyond. Her passion is to inspire people to raise their personal and social consciousness to live more fulfilling, connected, and meaningful lives; and to assist organizations, campuses, and corporations in building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures. Samuels’ latest book, The Mindfulness Effect: an unexpected journey to healing, connection, & social justice (Night River Press, 2018) offers 25 mindfulness practices for self-empowerment and cultural inclusion. Her previous book, The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Teachers College Press, 2014) provides transformative inquiry and strategies for building cultural inclusiveness. Over her extensive career, Dr. Samuels has been interviewed in print, radio, online, and on TV. Most notably, she was interviewed by the Colorado affiliate station of NPR; and by the Huffington Post. She is also a featured speaker in Thomas Keith’s documentary, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? (2019). Samuels volunteers as co-facilitator of the monthly Second Tuesday Race Forum of Denver, and also as co-chair of The Privilege Institute, the institutional home of the annual White Privilege Conference. In Denver, Samuels serves as a culturally inclusive, trauma-sensitive yoga and mindfulness instructor.

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