ABSTRACT

This chapter discusses the benefits of mindfulness, outlines important parallels between contemplative pedagogy and anti-oppressive pedagogy, and gives some tips for integrating mindfulness into social justice courses in order to help students unlearn systems of oppression. Anti-oppression pedagogy highly values critical self-reflection of ideologies, power, and privilege, it often stops short of the deep reflection that mindfulness has to offer. The chapter outlines some of the most critical benefits that mindfulness can bring to anti-oppression pedagogy. Meditation, yoga, and pranayama have also been shown to decrease the effects of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mindful learning helps students learn to trust their own authority, because they get to test it out and examine how well a practice or theory works for them. One of the key gifts of mindfulness is that it uncovers the mental chatter that is always present in human minds. Feminist and anti-oppression pedagogy mark self-reflection as a central ingredient for a transformational learning process.