Mirabai Bush | The Work of Compassionate Action

Mirabai Bush is Senior Fellow and the founding Director of the Center on Contemplative Mind in Society. She has led contemplative trainings for social justice activists, teaches compassion practices at the Smith College School of Social Work, helped to create Search Inside Yourself at Google, and directed the Contemplative Practice Fellowships to explore such practices […]

On Spiritual Retreat

Like we do every summer, this past July XC hosted our Inner Justice Intensive retreat (IJI), one of our signature offerings for agents of change. It’s a retreat that’s meant to support activists in connecting to their inner selves so that the work they do comes from a place of true alignment, because how we […]

Into the Light of the Dark, Black Night

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise.   Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these sunken eyes and learn to see All your life You were only waiting for this moment to be […]

Victor Lewis | The Mysteries of Radical Wisdom, Healing, Justice & Resilience

A nationally respected social justice educator, Victor has conducted seminars, workshops, keynote speeches, and “train the trainer” programs across the United States, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Germany. He is best known for his inspiring leadership role in The Color of Fear, an unusually powerful video about racism, which received the […]

newDharma Talk | Wholeness Through Relationship

In this dharma talk, we’re asked to focus on what’s hiding in the closets we call compassion, relationship, friendliness and joy.  Using Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as a platform, this talk asks if we are truly connecting with others or hiding behind a façade of actions and words and therefore living out of balance with ourselves […]

Kado | Way of the Flower

Myself and three other community members signed up to take Norma Wong Roshi’s class on kado, the way of the flower, a 2000-year-old Chinese art form often practiced by folks on a spiritual path. Kado at first sounds like it might be about flower arranging, but kado is more about you than it is about flowers. […]

Into the Light of the Dark Black Night

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise.   Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these sunken eyes and learn to see All your life You were only waiting for this moment to be […]

The Tree of Contemplative Practice

This tree from Center for Contemplative Mind illustrates some of the many spiritual practices that folks have done and are still doing to find community and connection. If you want to make your own, scroll down for a blank version of the document.   Original article from Center for Contemplative Mind in Society’s Web site.  The […]