Sometimes, people argue that mindfulness is another fad of wealthy, white folks. Of course, in truth, mindfulness is all about becoming a better person and so it shouldn’t concern us who takes it up from that perspective.
Still, there are important issues of injustice that need to be addressed in this world, and it’s a horrible to think that we might contribute to one of them through mindfulness practices–especially such an important issue as the racial inequality that persists in our society today.
That’s why it was so encouraging to discover the research that shows that mindfulness practice helps to reduce race (and age) bias. It does this by getting us to slow down with our judgments. We all–blacks, whites, and browns–make quick judgments based on stereotypes.
Let’s slow things down a bit and start seeing the person behind the body.