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 Charlotte, February 2017

Charlotte, February 2017

ABOUT

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So many places I look these days, I see the faces of white women and billionaire CEOs representing mindfulness in the West. They do not use mindfulness to open the mind, but to refuel the body. They use my family’s ancient peace as a tool for capitalism. 

Aside from the individual work I aim to do 1-on-1, I am also in the fight to decolonize mediative and mindful practices in the United States. 

AS SUCH, 

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At first glance, there seems to be a contradiction in using mindfulness for social and political liberation. After all, mindfulness asks us to appreciate the beauty and peace that already exists in the world while the revolution, by definition, requires us to spend time imagining how it is that we wish the world were. There is a battle, here, between the present tense and the subjunctive tense. 

But that is at first glance. 

It would be wrong to forget the influence that … had on the … movement or that …. had on …. And of course, it would be detrimental to forget Thich Nhat Hanh and his movement work against the U.S. occupation of Vietnam in the 1970s. 

I aim to bring the practice of centering to the people who need it most - our organizers, caretakers, builders, poet, planners, schemer, dreamers, and any peoples who spend their days imagining and building a better world.

 In 1967, Dr. King nominated That Hanh, his friend, for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

 Time magazine cover of a normative white woman with eyes closed and the words “Mindfulness” over her chest at a Whole Foods marketplace in Phoenix, AZ. June 2017 

Time magazine cover of a normative white woman with eyes closed and the words “Mindfulness” over her chest at a Whole Foods marketplace in Phoenix, AZ. June 2017 

 Thich Nhat Hanh with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

Thich Nhat Hanh with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.