What do we mean by compassionate activism within the setting of a meditation community? It’s sometimes called sacred activism or engaged spirituality. In meditation practice compassionate action means to get up from our cushions individually and as a soul group and use our finer-tuned mindfulness, spiritual power, righteous indignation, and deeper empathy and turn this conscientious compassion into concrete action. So far for NCMC this has meant applying compassionate action in several ways:
– We participate in programs to raise awareness for important social issues. We have walked for climate change, social justice, and hunger relief in New York City and for peace in Newark.
– We engage in local efforts such as participating in cleaning up park areas and urban food right access/sustainability programs.
– We share our meditation expertise with the community by going out and presenting at local events. It can even mean to simply meet for discussions with interested groups to gain reciprocal knowledge. So far this all has included beginner’s meditation classes, meditation presentations, self-care wellness classes for the LGTBQ community, creating children’s “Love Newark” coloring pages for community events, and immersion in dialogue with women’s groups.
– We cooperate and collaborate with other local meditative and like-minded organizations so that we can support each other and in doing so support the Greater Newark community in total.
Our plan is to develop our NCMC Compassionate Activism with a more focused approach as we mature as a contemplative community and understand what is both wanted and needed.