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Beginning with the Larger Social System: Mindfulness and Restorative Justice
Cultivating Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work
Format: Book Chapter
Publication Year: 2017
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Place of Publication: Cham
Pages: 191 - 202
Source ID: shanti-sources-68471
Abstract: This chapter examines the role of mindfulness within restorative justice practices. Restorative justice values the importance of addressing both inter and intrapersonal conflict and pain within a healing or restorative framework. Mindfulness practices emphasize staying with or being with ‘what is’ and experiencing the present moment without averting attention from difficult emotions or dialogue. Although many exceptional circle keepers/facilitators may intuitively or purposefully incorporate mindfulness practices, there has been a notable absence of research about the formal integration of the two practices. The example and suggestions in this chapter provide a framework for that integration.