Mindfulness as Sustainability

Lessons from the World's Religions

By Maria Jaoudi

Subjects: Comparative Religion, Environment And Religion, Environmental Studies
Series: SUNY series on Religion and the Environment
Paperback : 9781438482347, 224 pages, July 2021
Hardcover : 9781438482354, 224 pages, February 2021

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Table of contents


1. In Union with Nature

2. A Different Kind of Power

3. Practical Methods

4. Contemplation as Sustainability

5. Mindfulness and Sustainability

6. Wise Concentration

7. Meditation and Prayer

8. Consciousness

9. Falling in Love

10. "Make Oneness Your Home"

11. The Many Realities of Consciousness: Spiritual, Intellectual, Aesthetic

12. Mindfulness as Sustainability

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Offers practical and personal ways to help mitigate global climate change while sustaining an emotional and spiritual center through mindfulness practice.


The inundation of terrifying environmental news in recent years has left many people exhausted and in despair about our planet's future. In Mindfulness as Sustainability, Maria Jaoudi addresses the need to take care of ourselves intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally during the current global climate crisis. Drawing on specific teachings, stories, and explorations of consciousness and reality from Buddhist, Christian, Daoist, Hindu, Indigenous, Islamic, and Jewish traditions, Jaoudi demonstrates that mindfulness is sustainability, and that mindfulness practice, applied both personally and politically, can help mitigate global climate change and rectify environmental injustice. Through illuminating discussions of primary scriptures, key spiritual figures, discoveries of modern science, and moments of social transformation, she offers practical ways to live our lives mindfully, ethically, and sustainably. Written for students and lay readers, the book makes the case that we can sustain our planet if we maintain our strength, increase our knowledge, and remain sensitive to the beauty and the sentience that is both within us and around us.

Maria Jaoudi is Professor of Humanities and Religious Studies at California State University, Sacramento. Her books include Medieval and Renaissance Spirituality: Discovering the Treasures of the Great Masters and Christian Mysticism East and West: What the Masters Teach Us.