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Teaching Mindfulness with Mindfulness of Race and Other Forms of Diversity
Resources for Teaching Mindfulness
Format: Book Chapter
Publication Date: Nov 30, 2015
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Place of Publication: Cham
Pages: 225 - 246
Sources ID: 68446
Visibility: Public (group default)
Abstract: (Show)
At a recent retreat for mindfulness teachers in Europe, one of my fellow attendees, a man who, if asked, we would identify as “white,” who spoke with a European accent, noted that I was the only “Black woman” in the group of more than 200. “I imagine you’re used to that, though,” he said. I nodded, and we continued on without further reflection on these apparent facts. After all, he was right: in over years of experience within a variety of communities focused on practicing and teaching mindfulness, I have more often than not been one of the few, if not the only Black woman in the room. Within and across a variety of mainstream, Western mindfulness communities, people of color across the spectrum remain significantly underrepresented (Kaleem, 2012).