Peace in Prison

We believe that change is possible for all regardless of one’s life condition, and it is immediate.

The change we speak of is an inner peace that comes about through dialogue in group work and through meditation, being quiet witnessing what arises in your heart and mind.

 “If you’re living in the present, you’re living in acceptance.
You’re accepting life as it is now, not as how you desire it to be.
When you’re living in acceptance, you realize everything is complete as it is.
You can forgive yourself for the mistakes you’ve made,
and you can have peace in your heart
knowing that everything that should happen will.
This results in giving up the struggle against life.”

Our Prison Program provides guidance and insights that assist participants in developing a spiritual and emotional foundation and empowers them to successfully overcome destructive dynamics in their lives.

 

How we work with inmates in our Prison Program:

Quality of Attention – Mindfulness – Love

I have found that in my work with individuals in a variety of contexts, certain qualities of attention are almost universally beneficial for those that I meet.

These qualities of attention are notably found in many psychotherapeutic and spiritual traditions, and are being increasingly acknowledged and validated as effective contemporary therapeutic techniques.

For example, mindfulness, which is based on the Buddhist meditation tradition, is being used more and more as an adjunct in contemporary psychotherapy, and the qualities of attention which are defined as essential to mindfulness are those of receptivity, curiosity, and warmth.

In my own words, I call this quality of attention Love, and by modeling this quality of attention, it is evoked in others, and in this process, when everything is met by this marvelous receptive quality of attention, the deepest wounds, traumas, and pains, can often be remarkably healed and transformed.

In touch with our feelings

Most criminals in order to perform their actions shut off the feeling mechanism. This means they develop no conscience and no feelings for themselves or others.

It is my belief and experience that once the feeling mechanism is turned back on, the individual develops a conscience that can no longer pursue the criminal behavior.  They start feeling the pain of their brothers and sisters. There is an instant feedback process that happens to them and it is like each time they even think of doing something to the other, it is as if they are doing it to themselves. What arises out of this is compassion, loving kindness and basically  becoming a decent human being.