Equitable Mindfulness Framework
The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience supports the framework of Equitable Mindfulness (EM) which was created by Tiara Cash, MS, former Culture and Equity Specialist.
EM is simply the practice of mindfulness for everyone and presents mindfulness in a way that speaks to all people.
Mindfulness is not a practice to passively numb the realities of today's world. Instead, mindful introspection is a way to guide the heart and mind to radicalization that includes instead of excludes. EM focuses on the intersection between mindfulness and social transformation, activation, social justice, and equity. With the EM framework, mindfulness is a platform to activate communities, remove barriers and create systemic change.
Being in the present can create a sense of self that is accepting of the past and comfortable with the unknowns of the future, while still being active moment-to-moment. When we can non-judgementally accept the feelings and emotions that we experience, we can then be more open and receptive to the experiences of others.
Center's goal is to create an equitable world through the sustained practice of compassion and mindfulness. EM's three-tier foundation frames programming and workshops:
- Personal protection
- Mindful Activation, Systematic Change, and Sustainability of Practice
- Robust programming with the population in mind
Below are ways that Center has supported programming with the EM lens:
- Social Justice - intergenerational connectedness; marginalized communities; historical, systematic, personal trauma workshops/presentations
- Sustainability - environmental justice, human-animal connection, co-created workshops with demographic in mind
- Translational Research and Dissemination
Center Research - Equitable Mindfulness:
Bautista, T. G., Cash, T., Dunis, J., Smith, P. G., Young, M., Meyerhoefer, T., & Pipe, T. B. (2019, Nov). Equitable Mindfulness for Social Changes: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Poster accepted for presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
For access to the studies used for this poster presentation, please click the following link: https://mindfulnesscenter.asu.edu/resources/equitable-mindfulness-social-change-mixed-methods-study-resources