Fearless Voices Mindfully Giving


A weekly collection of content from the wonderful world wide web that challenges us to explore the role of spirituality in society. Subscribe to receive this weekly in your inbox.


A Voice For the Voiceless? Thoughts on Privilege and the Single Story
by Melissa Otterbein

Whose voice really needs to be heard? Whose voices have been co-opted or silenced by power? In a world where we often have to remind ourselves to stop talking and start listening, Otterbein reflects upon the danger of considering one’s self a “voice for the voiceless.” She asks herself and her readers to reflect on their own power and privilege, writing: “We accept our voice, intonation, and inflection as a more suitable microphone while viewing others’ voices as taken away, incapable of talking, much like Ariel in The Little Mermaid — not by poverty, but by power.” How might you stretch to share your voice and let others share theirs?


There Are Risks to Mindfulness at Work
by David Brendel
Harvard Business Review

OK, here we go. Mindfulness is important, life changing, and the most valuable practice to incorporate into your life. Nope, it’s risky, dangerous, and can have negative side effects. We’re watching the blog posts, articles and stories swing from pole to pole in regards to mindfulness.
This blog post by David Brendel highlights some possible pitfalls of implementing mindfulness practices at work with the purpose of stress relief or increased focus and efficiency. While we believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of mindfulness practice, it is important to develop an awareness of some of what David Brendel is pointing to, which is the risk of spiritual bypass (a risk present in any spiritual practice). Generally speaking, as human beings, we like to feel good; we don’t like to feel bad; we like to perform well; we don’t like to perform poorly. In our seemingly endless quest to feel good and become better, we often look for the tools that will help us get there. Mindfulness, packaged as a feel good /perform better elixir, is risky in that it promotes a spiritual bypass mentality. That said, the true gift of mindfulness practice is that it can help us break down the grasping for feel good and perform better elixirs and get us in touch with ultimate reality, through which we may discover how to better accept, act, and lead life through beauty and stress. 


Designing for Generosity
by Nipun Mehta

How could embracing gratitude, generosity, interconnectivity, and connection change your day today? How could it change your work and your life? We’ve just discovered Nipun Mehta’s TEDx Talk, Designing for Generosity. With insights from his work at ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that leverages the idea of a gift economy. He challenges all of us to shift our mindsets from consumption to contribution, from transaction to trust, and from isolation to community. And he backs up his challenge with inspiring examples of the power and impact of such shifts. Watch, learn, be inspired.


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