Buddhists Aim to Bring Mindfulness to the Ballot Box

Daniel Burke of Religion News Service reports on a new movement called MindfulVotes, a nonpartisan campaign that is attempting to mobilize mindfulness meditators to vote. Mindfulness focuses on breathing in order to create a clear and nonjudgmental awareness, which creates conscious and engaged voters. “Mindfulness practices are maturing in our country and entering the mainstream, but if it’s not applied in our lives, it doesn’t matter. It’s time for our community to go beyond its own navels,” says Rev. Angel Kyodo William, the a leader of the movement. 

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