Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching

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Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. / Wamsler, Christine; Brossmann, Johannes; Hendersson, Heidi; Kristjansdottir, Rakel; McDonald, Colin; Scarampi, Phil.

In: Sustainability Science, Vol. 13, No. 1, 01.2018, p. 143-162.

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Wamsler, C, Brossmann, J, Hendersson, H, Kristjansdottir, R, McDonald, C & Scarampi, P 2018, 'Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching', Sustainability Science, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 143-162. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0428-2

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Wamsler, C., Brossmann, J., Hendersson, H., Kristjansdottir, R., McDonald, C., & Scarampi, P. (2018). Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. Sustainability Science, 13(1), 143-162. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0428-2

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Wamsler C, Brossmann J, Hendersson H, Kristjansdottir R, McDonald C, Scarampi P. 2018. Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. Sustainability Science. 13(1):143-162. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0428-2

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Wamsler C, Brossmann J, Hendersson H, Kristjansdottir R, McDonald C, Scarampi P. Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. Sustainability Science. 2018 Jan;13(1):143-162. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-017-0428-2

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Wamsler, Christine ; Brossmann, Johannes ; Hendersson, Heidi ; Kristjansdottir, Rakel ; McDonald, Colin ; Scarampi, Phil. / Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. In: Sustainability Science. 2018 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 143-162.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching

AU - Wamsler, Christine

AU - Brossmann, Johannes

AU - Hendersson, Heidi

AU - Kristjansdottir, Rakel

AU - McDonald, Colin

AU - Scarampi, Phil

PY - 2018/1

Y1 - 2018/1

N2 - This paper explores the current role of mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. Based on a qualitative literature review that is complemented by an experimental learning lab, we sketch the patterns and core conceptual trajectories of the mindfulness–sustainability relationship. In addition, we assess this relationship within the field of climate change adaptation and risk reduction. The results highlight that notions such as ‘sustainability from within’, ‘ecological mindfulness’, ‘organizational mindfulness’, and ‘contemplative practices’ have been neglected in sustainability science and teaching. Whilst little sustainability research addresses mindfulness, there is scientific support for its positive influence on: (1) subjective well-being; (2) the activation of (intrinsic/ non-materialistic) core values; (3) consumption and sustainable behavior; (4) the human–nature connection; (5) equity issues; (6) social activism; and (7) deliberate, flexible, and adaptive responses to climate change. Most research relates to post-disaster risk reduction, although it is limited to the analysis of mindfulness-related interventions on psychological resilience. Broader analyses and foci are missing. In contrast, mindfulness is gaining widespread recognition in practice (e.g., by the United Nations, governmental and non-governmental organizations). It is concluded that mindfulness can contribute to understanding and facilitating sustainability, not only at the individual level, but sustainability at all scales, and should, thus, become a core concept in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. More research that acknowledges positive emotional connections, spirituality, and mindfulness in particular is called for, acknowledging that (1) the micro and macro are mirrored and interrelated, and (2) non-material causation is part of sustainability. This paper provides the first comprehensive framework for contemplative scientific inquiry, practice, and education in sustainability.

AB - This paper explores the current role of mindfulness in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. Based on a qualitative literature review that is complemented by an experimental learning lab, we sketch the patterns and core conceptual trajectories of the mindfulness–sustainability relationship. In addition, we assess this relationship within the field of climate change adaptation and risk reduction. The results highlight that notions such as ‘sustainability from within’, ‘ecological mindfulness’, ‘organizational mindfulness’, and ‘contemplative practices’ have been neglected in sustainability science and teaching. Whilst little sustainability research addresses mindfulness, there is scientific support for its positive influence on: (1) subjective well-being; (2) the activation of (intrinsic/ non-materialistic) core values; (3) consumption and sustainable behavior; (4) the human–nature connection; (5) equity issues; (6) social activism; and (7) deliberate, flexible, and adaptive responses to climate change. Most research relates to post-disaster risk reduction, although it is limited to the analysis of mindfulness-related interventions on psychological resilience. Broader analyses and foci are missing. In contrast, mindfulness is gaining widespread recognition in practice (e.g., by the United Nations, governmental and non-governmental organizations). It is concluded that mindfulness can contribute to understanding and facilitating sustainability, not only at the individual level, but sustainability at all scales, and should, thus, become a core concept in sustainability science, practice, and teaching. More research that acknowledges positive emotional connections, spirituality, and mindfulness in particular is called for, acknowledging that (1) the micro and macro are mirrored and interrelated, and (2) non-material causation is part of sustainability. This paper provides the first comprehensive framework for contemplative scientific inquiry, practice, and education in sustainability.

KW - Adaptation

KW - Compassion

KW - Contemplative teaching

KW - Ecological mindfulness

KW - Emotion

KW - Inner transition

KW - Organizational mindfulness

KW - Other ways of knowing

KW - Planning

KW - Political mindfulness

KW - Risk reduction

KW - Spiritual ecology

KW - Sustainability

KW - Transformation

KW - Well-being

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U2 - 10.1007/s11625-017-0428-2

DO - 10.1007/s11625-017-0428-2

M3 - Article

VL - 13

SP - 143

EP - 162

JO - Sustainability Science

T2 - Sustainability Science

JF - Sustainability Science

SN - 1862-4057

IS - 1

ER -