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Being Present at Occupy: Sunday October 16 Events

On Sunday October 16 at 3pm EST / 12 noon PST, several mindfulness-based communities came together to host open, public meditations in their cities.

Read about cities that participated in this global event! Stay connected with future plans for meditation at Occupy.

Stories & Photos from Being Present events:
Photo from Occupy Wall Street meditation – with The Interdependence Project
Report from the Field: Occupy the Present Moment! – with Liberated Life Project
Washington Buddhist Peace Fellowship Being Present recap – with BPF’s Washington DC Chapter
Photos from Occupy Greenfield, MA
Photo from Occupy Oakland – with Buddhist Peace Fellowship national office
Photo from Occupy Frankfurt Germany

Have a story or photo to share? Post it on Facebook, or send to membershp@bpf.org

The goal of the meditation was to bring mindfulness to and show organizational support for the Occupy movements.

Simultaneous public meditations happened on Sunday October 16 at Wall Street, Oakland, Detroit, Greenfield, Sacramento, Washington DC, Seattle, Portland, & Boston. Additional meditations happened on October 15 at Montpelier, Sacramento, Santa Fe, & Vancouver. We put the call out far and wide, and folks as far away as Frankfurt, Germany participated! Many people also were present from wherever they were at that time – at home, on a hike, on a break from work.

Participating Organizations:
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
The Interdependence Project
Off the Mat and Into the World
Third Root Community Health Center

We invite you to continuing joining us in being present.

Several communities have scheduled ongoing public meditations at their Occupy sites. If you’d like to schedule a meditation in your area, please share it on the Being Present at Occupy Facebook page. This page is where the most comprehensive list of activities will be, and you don’t have to have a Facebook profile to view the list.

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About The Author

Co-Director

Dawn Haney brings her passions for social justice, good non-profit management, and the dharma to her role as Director of Training & Development for BPF. During her three-year tenure as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Services Organization, a rape crisis center in Durango, Colorado, she led the organization’s shift from a primarily white women’s agency to one that applied an anti-oppression lens to ending sexual violence, re-centering the work in the lives of people most marginalized in the community. Dawn’s social justice work first brought her to the meditation cushion with a desire to be stronger and more resilient in her work to heal trauma and oppression.

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