Applied Mindfulness is dedicated to helping individuals and communities tap into their innate resources of resilience and wellbeing through the development of mindful awareness focused on ourselves, through relationships, and in communion with the living world. We observe that mainstream modern western society is experiencing an absence of meaning and wellbeing that manifests itself through unprecedented levels of normalized stress, illness both physical and emotional, existential loss of meaning, interpersonal alienation, and ecological crisis. Although humans are more technologically connected than ever before, the very foundations of the modern western worldview have emerged from disconnection- separation of the mind and body, separation from each other through dominance and oppression and othering, separation from nature through materialism and extractive economics. This disconnection is infused into the core structures of modern western epistemology and ontology- how we understand ourselves, each other, and our place in the universe. This disconnection is killing us everyday. We believe that the path towards healing and thriving requires cultivation of connection- to ourselves, each other, and the living world. As nature awareness teacher Jon Young comes explaining,
This applies to ourselves, to our relationships with others, and to our relationship with the living world. We believe that we must learn and practice connection as if our lives depended on it.