principles of Applied Mindfulness

We believe that…

1. Modern western culture is born from disconnection- from ourselves (mind/body split), from eachother (individualism/ oppression), from the living world (extractive capitalism).

2. This is the source of our illness, stress, existential, interpersonal, and ecological crisis.

3. When we feel connected to something we have a relationship with it, we value it, and we take care of it.  When we don’t, we don’t.

4. To heal ourselves, our communities, and our relationship with the living world we have to learn to (re) connect.

5. Mindful  awareness is a universal human quality of experience rooted in every indigenous and ancestral culture in the world.

6. When we pay attention in this way it changes our minds.

7. There is no mind-body split.

8. The Triune Brain (reptilian, mammalian, thinking) is the neurological architecture of the mind-body connection.

9. When we feel safe, we can access the ventral vagal parasympathetic system, which is the neurophysiology of connection.

10. Biologically-speaking, The Connection System is the fountain of resilience and wellbeing.

11. To turn on The Connection System we have to apply mindfulness.

12. Mindfulness must be applied internally, relationally, and with the living world.

13. In ancestral and indigenous cultures, when individuals or communities have been moved out of connection through stress, threat, or trauma (individual, collective, natural disasters, war, etc.) culture has offered various restorative practices to assist individuals in processing, integrating, restoring, and healing from these various insults.  We refer to these practices collectively as restorative practices.

14. Applied Mindfulness is a conceptual framework and a compendium of restorative practices.

15. Our objective is to restore connection and wellbeing individually, collectively, and in relationship with the living world.

 

INITIATING SIGNATORIES

We, the undersigned, are aligned with these principles: