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!
At Transform Network a lot of us have been engaged in learning contemplative practices and theology. We are also studying the field of contemplative education and are developing programs, workshops and curriculum in contemplative activism.
Our Contemplative Pedagogy pictured to the right is based on three steps as developed by Richard Brown at Naropa University.
Mentors and teachers that we follow in this arena of programming are:
Parker Palmer | Thomas Merton | Michele Blumberg | Jack Kornfield | Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei |Richard Brown |