In collaboration with the Mindfulness Working Group at WashU, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity and the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, we proudly present Michael Yellow Bird pioneering work on Indigenous Mindfulness. This presentation will draw from Yellow Bird's most recent article, "Decolonizing Mindfulness, Mindful Decolonization and Social Work Futurities."
In this presentation, Yellow Bird will discuss the positive effects of mindfulness interventions and how they can support social work values, healing practices, and improve well-being. He will also discuss how mindfulness is being co-opted, privatized, and colonized by the forces of neoliberal capitalism (Purser, 2019) and is being used to “pacify feelings of anxiety and disquiet at the individual level rather than seeking to challenge the social, political, and economic inequalities that cause such distress” (Carrette & Kind, 2004, p. 22] ). The presentation will conclude by sharing how mindfulness can be decolonized and moved towards practices designed to engage practitioners in systems change.