We had the privilege to attend the March 2019 IMISA Mindfulness Conference at The Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng, South Africa. This gathering offered itself as an opportunity to engage with an important unfolding conversation about how mindfulness and compassion relate to our African context in increasingly troubled times.
Themes of diversity, inequality, generational trauma and climate change wove powerful perspectives into rich, heartfelt discussions. The notion of Ubuntu – Zulu for “humanity consciousness” - emerged as a powerful rudder for transformation in South Africa, enabling us to move, in the words of Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, towards “an ethics of care” which re-belongs individuals to one another, despite our shared haunted history.
We are inspired to integrate this wisdom into our work, enriching the intellectual discoveries of TheoryU with an embodied, socially-engaged, ubuntu-mindfulness approach that encourages individuals to understand that the wellbeing and success of the self and the collective are interdependent.
For more on the conference, click here.
Author: Yanna Romano