We believe that it's important to not only practice the external work of transformational change, but to practice the inner work of transformation: contemplative practice.
Developing the inner witness that observes the self, is critical to being able to identify the logic of oppression and colonialism inside all of us. It’s like Rev. Alexia Salvatierra teaches, "if oppression is in the air, and we have all breathed it in, the poison is in us, and we all have to do the dialysis work of pulling the poison out.”
The contemplative gives us the internal tools and practices to interrupt oppression inside ourselves so we can be a sustainable transformational change maker externally. It helps us see ourselves more clearly and helps us better understand our motivations and habituations. The contemplative is critical to any process of adaptive change, and that includes changing ourselves, becoming the people who can actually live in the world we wish to create!
To read an article about contemplative activism click here. It's written by Holly Roach Knight who is one of the leaders at Transform. She is currently a graduate student working to get two MA degrees in contemplative education at Naropa and social justice community organizing at Prescott College.