Mindful Belgium 

a cooperation between

Leuven Mindfulness Centre

& vzw MOMENT

Image ©A Mindful Society

Mindful Belgium 

Er bestaan in België al veel in initiatieven om mindfulness

in leven en werken te integreren voor meer persoonlijke veerkracht en maatschappelijke verdraagzaamheid. 

Mindful Belgium is een initiatief van het Leuven Mind-fulness Centre in samenwerking met vzw MOMENT

en is ontstaan vanuit de intentie om de in Belgie bestaande initiatieven te kennen en waarderen, en om deze met elkaar in contact te brengen (of daaraan deel te nemen) en elkaar onderling te versterken.

De inspiratie is het MINDFUL NATION UK-initiatief en het rapport over maatschappelijke initiatieven om bewustzijn en begrip te stimuleren.

Als voertaal is Engels gekozen.

Dit is een hartelijke uitnodiging om intenties, activiteiten en belangstelling in samenwerking kenbaar te maken.

 

Een kort bericht volstaat:

mindfulbelgium@gmail.com

 

Mindful Belgium 

There are already many initiatives in Belgium to integrate mindfulness in life and work for more personal resilience

and interpersonal understanding.

 

Mindful Belgium is an initiative of the LMC - Leuven Mindfulness Centre in cooperation with vzw MOMENT and arose from the intention to honour these initiatives, to bring them into contact with each other (or to join them) and to synergistically reinforce each other.

We are grateful for the Inspiration found in the MINDFUL NATION UK initiative and the report on societal initiatives to encourage awareness and understanding.

 

English is chosen as the language of interaction.

 

You are kindly invited to inform us of your intentions,

activities and your interest to collaborate.

 

A short message is sufficient 

mindfulbelgium@gmail.com

 

Observation - Mission - Vision

Mindful Belgium

 

We notice that many people are faced with an array of challenges of health and vitality, and we envision 

people living and working with attention and awareness for their personal and collective well-being.

 

Our mission is to encourage human potential at all stages of life within all walks of life, in particular heartening resilience, compassion and responsibility. 

We honour the many initiatives in Belgium and within the EC in Belgium to integrate mindfulness in life and work for more personal resilience and interpersonal understanding.

Mindful Belgium arose from the intention to connect these initiatives with each other, to create synergy and reinforce each other, and to explore possible collaborations.

 

Our vision is a Mindful Belgium, more specifically communities / society enabling greater awareness, understanding, wisdom and responsiveness. This might lead to fully engaging with each other to create results we all experience as valuable and meaningful.

The present members of the working group:

Caroline Baerten

Claude Maskens

Dirk Sturtewagen

Katharina Mullen.

We are members of the advisory board of the vzw MOMENT and can be contacted through

mindfulbelgium@gmail.com

You can find our personal contact details here>>

We commit to bringing our knowledge and expertise to connect with people and organisations in Belgium, including the European Commission, around the Mindful Belgium initiative.

 

We also engage to collect information and insights from comparable initiatives in other European countries or regions. We wish to learn and share what we are learning to contribute to a mindful society that cares and attempts to alleviate suffering.

Wherever you and your organization translate mindfulness to serve a collective purpose, you are kindly invited to share your insights and activities, e.g.

  • researching the effectiveness of mindfulness practices,

  • testing mindfulness programs,

  • experimenting with mindfulness and/ or implementing mindful practice

in your school,

in your cure and care institute,

in your work environment and in creating new forms of self-government and leadership,

in negotiation and harmonisation efforts,

in the implementation of safety measures and

in other wholesome change processes, and 

in reducing harmful strain and stress leading to exhaustion and burn-out,

etc.

 

Please BOOKMARK this page where updates will be published regularly.

 

Emerging possibilities of sharing what we learn together will be announced here (e.g. dialogues, conferences, seminars, round-table conversations, newsletter, articles).

Latest NEWS November 2018

Our explorations have meanwhile connected us to the 'Mindfulness Initiative Belgium' MiB.

Our dialogue with the initiators Ilios Kotsou and Caroline Lesire  - who are also the initiators of Émergences asbl - immediately resulted in the decision to combine forces and bridge the language diversity. 

By mid-December the MiB-website that was 

published in French in November 2018, will also be published in English and Dutch, followed by German by end December 2018.

NEXT STEPS

With the help of students from KU Leuven and UL Brussels we are now intensifying our search for mindfulness initiatives in Belgium.

The information will be compiled into a report to be offered to the Belgian Parlament.

You are warmly invited to bring mindfulness initiatives to our attention and stay close to the process leading up to the goal of a comprehen-sive report and follow-up action. 

Your contribution is highly appreciated.

Thank you for getting in touch!

For further information

please contact us at

       (Katharina Mullen).

1st Roundtable Dialogue

10 November 2018

The dialogue was framed by the conference on burn-out as a social symptom and is inspired by the work of Pascal Chabot 'Global Burn-out'. 

Chabot takes the phenomenon we call burn-out as not just an individual problem that affects a few exhausted people, but rather 'a disease of civilization', connected to concepts of progress, technology, and desire, which seem the hallmarks of this era of experimentation.

This first Mindful Belgium- Dialogue 

brought together representatives

from policy making, government, consumer organisations, workplaces, politics, health care and persons who care to build and contribute to interpersonal understanding grounded in personal awareness and resilience. 

For further information

please contact us at

       (Katharina Mullen).

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