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Letters from Zeynep: Mindful Activism & Wise Action

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Dear friends, Systems of discrimination and oppression are created by us. Our systems can be re-creat
 

Letters from Zeynep

June 9 · Issue #23 · View online
Weekly letters that nurture you to find everyday wellness. https://zeynepesin.com/

Dear friends,
Systems of discrimination and oppression are created by us. Our systems can be re-created by us.
This past week I’ve been making connections between what is happening in the US, the events of the last 7 years in Turkey, what is happening in Bolivia, Israel, and more. I’m having moments of wakefulness when I see some tragic patterns repeat themselves in seemingly very different contexts and places. It feels strange to be so globally connected, to grieve the losses of nations across oceans as my own, to celebrate their humanistic wins as my own, and to notice the same old patterns of how as humans we so horrifyingly destroy and so beautifully create. Interestingly, what I learn in one place very frequently applies to another. I’m starting to believe that there is a very clear path to changing our world without losing ourselves in the process.
I’ve also been reflecting on the connection between our inner mindfulness practices and our wise action out in the world. They are so interdependent. Our inner work is a source of inspiration and nourishment for all the change we want to bring to the world. Our wise actions are fuel, fire and food for our deepest inner work.
There is a common misunderstanding of mindfulness as a passive and neutral stance. I suspect that mindfulness (and the ancient Buddhist tradition) are misunderstood in this way due to their emphasis of cultivating equanimity and a steady mind, but mindfulness is the opposite of passive and neutral.
Mindfulness is about courageously facing the reality as is, and responding to that harsh reality and to the hurt with a deep and compassionate presence. Compassionate presence doesn’t mean weak, soft, passive or neutral. To the contrary, this kind of inner and outer care takes years to build and strengthen. 
I share some ideas down below for what actions I gravitate toward these days, and if you’d like to investigate these ideas more, I invite you to join us tomorrow June 10th at 19:30 pm Paris time for our community talk on Mindful Activism and Wise Action, followed by a meditation and a discussion of what these concepts mean to you.
From a rainy day in the South of France, with love and care,
Zeynep

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Join Our Community Talk & Discussion
RSVP here to join us tomorrow June 10th at 19:30 pm Paris time on Zoom for a talk on Mindful Activism and Wise Action, followed by a meditation and a discussion of what these concepts mean to you.
Moving Through The Pandemic: Ideas For Your Wellness Practice
Last Wednesday, I asked the members of Mudita Mindfulness Community to share what practices and resources are helping them these days as we move through the pandemic. The list was so inspiring and uplifting! It was a proof of how much we can and we do put into practice every day!
Take a look here to get inspired for your own wellness practice. 
Small Gifts 🎁
  • Envy of this cute child who clearly found the most effective method of learning anything.
  • A wonderful movie to watch: Incendie.
  • Michele Obama’s virtual commencement speech.
  • Racism explained by a black woman in the most powerful summary I’ve seen yet.
  • If you have been labeled as too sensitive, hysterical, too quiet, too shy or you know of anyone who is labeled in this way, a must read to help love yourself / them more: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
  • This wonderful quote by Nina Simone: “My thing…what I hope to do all the time, is to be so completely myself…that my audiences, people who meet me, are confronted. They’re confronted with what I am, inside and out, as honest as I can be. And this way they have to see things about themselves, immediately.”
Thank You ❤️
Thank you for reading! As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with your comments or questions, share how you are doing during this difficult time, or share what has been lifting your spirits.
With love and care,
Zeynep
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