Part of Peace Day Philly 2017. Come practice and share techniques for “mindful activism” with Annalisa Castaldo and Hugh Taft-Morales. Together we will explore how to nurture compassion for oneself and others through disciplined but simple mindfulness practice. These techniques can improve our ability to stay calm and caring in the middle of tense political talk or public protest. Learn about the physical and psychological patterns that get in the way of mindful activism. Find a path to social engagement that is sustainable and joyful. We will discuss many questions, including:- How can you be engaged with the world but retain a sense of inner peace?- How can you deal with social and political conflict in a healthy and mindful way?- How can you be an activist who remains compassionate and doesn’t burn out? Annalisa Castaldo, a Zen Buddhist priest, and Associate Professor of English at Widener University, will lead participants in several mindfulness exercises and then facilitate an interactive conversation about the important role mindfulness can play in our daily lives. Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, will offer insights about applying mindfulness to activism during these politically turbulent times and then will guide small group discussions.