- Personal Awareness: When a person is conscious of the internal source and motivation of her/his thoughts, beliefs and actions.
- Inner Awareness Practice: Any regular activity that helps us to still our minds and reflect on our internal conditioning — to turn our gaze inward — in order to become more centered and aware of our habitual patterns.
- Transformative Practice: Inner awareness practice that not only helps us reflect inwardly, but also enables us to develop new ways of thinking and acting — and ultimately to change the way we show up in the world.
- Organizational Awareness: When inner awareness is honored and encouraged within an organizational setting to the extent that the collective organism has self-reflective capacity.
- Social Change Agent: An individual working to bring about a more life-affirming society.
- Frontline Organizations: Issue-oriented non-profit groups working both at the community and the national policy level to bring about a life-affirming society.
- Progressive Movements: Collective efforts to promote peace, social justice, environmental health, human rights, etc.
- Transformative Organizing: A new model of social justice organizing that integrates personal and spiritual awareness practices into community organizing techniques in order to transform power structures for the benefit of all.
- Transformative Social Change Work: When activists use inner awareness to support their efforts to promote systemic structural changes toward a positive society.
- Social Transformation: When our collective actions are aligned with our highest values such that human culture is just, peaceful, ecologically balanced, and enlivened by spirit.
- Life-affirming Society: A just, peaceful, ecologically healthy, purpose-driven, compassionate society.
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