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Ethics of Belonging of Indigenous Contemplative Tradition by Yuria Celidwen

Friday, April 5 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Brown Lounge


The unquestionable conditions of the crises of climate, health, and loneliness demand that we ask how education may lead to solutions. Environmental destruction and its loss of life, the breakdown of communities, the economic systems of oppression, and the mental health epidemics and the struggles of substance abuse, anxiety, and depression are excruciating realities worldwide. I assert that Indigenous traditions hold critical and timely solutions to help meet our times’ most pressing social and environmental injustices through deep cultural roots of contemplative wisdom. These practices are grounded in Indigenous principles of embodiment and action-oriented practices toward equity, community, and ecological awareness. These contemplative traditions have been tested and refined for millennia for their physical, psychological, and environmental benefits, documented within an empirical tradition of Indigenous sciences. My research charts these rich traditions from diverse corners of the world to develop a synthetic theory about their core focus in what I have named the "ethics of belonging."

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Brown School


Humanities & Society



Event Contact

Diana Parra | parrad@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Yuria Celidwen, Ph.D., is of Indigenous Nahua and Maya descent from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Her scholarship centers on Indigenous forms of contemplation, examining self-transcendence and its embodiment in prosocial behavior (belonging, planetary flourishing, ethics, compassion, awe, love, and sacredness).‎ She calls this work the Indigenous “Ethics of Belonging” rooted in honoring Life. For the past two decades, her work has supported the advancement of Indigenous Peoples and the rights of Nature and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations. At the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Celidwen carries out research on Indigenous contemplative science and designing public initiatives for bridging and belonging of historically marginalized communities, human and other-than-human at the Othering & Belonging Institute.

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