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Official IDP Statement on Occupy Wall Street
Submitted by Patrick Groneman on Mon, 10/24/2011, 11:12pm
Over the past month, the Occupy Wall Street demonstration has created a unique and powerful forum for social change. Based on the principles of inclusivity and consensus-based decision making, the organizing process of the movement itself embodies a cooperative spirit which models a fruition of its efforts as much as it exists as a means to an end.
OWS is also raising awareness of how our social, ecological, and economic systems are all intertwined -- the truth that an individual action, born out of fear or greed, can ripple across the institutions in which we are enmeshed, and have unintended, far reaching effects.
As an organization founded on the principles of mindfulness, lovingkindness, social responsibility, and cultivating an awareness of interdependence, the ID Project supports the flourishing of those principles in the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.
To that end, the IDP, in conjunction with several other NYC based yoga and meditation communities, will begin offering daily meditation sessions at Zuccotti Park (Liberty Plaza), homebase of the NYC occupation. Guided meditation instruction and open sitting time will be offered from 3:30-4:30pm on weekdays and from 1-2pm on weekends at the "shrine tree" in Liberty plaza (near the corner of Liberty and Trinity Streets). Larger community gatherings will be offered as our coalition grows, and announced in a timely manner.
If you'd like to support the efforts of the IDP in creating a ground of mindfulness in the demonstration, you can get involved by participating in the daily sits, or by helping to organize. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We'd like to offer an opportunity for IDP members, students, and friends alike to offer comments and suggestions below.
In the Spirit of Interdependence,
Patrick Groneman and the rest of the IDP Staff and Board
The Interdependence Project is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization.
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