Hello from guest blogger, Lisa Robinson! In this post, another in our series this quarter on mindfulness in the community, we’ll look at the great work of Prison Mindfulness Institute (PMI). See their web site here: https://www.prisonmindfulness.org/. You’ll find a lot of helpful resources and information at this site.

Their mission:

“is to provide prisoners, prison staff and prison volunteers, with the most effective, evidence-based tools for rehabilitation, self-transformation, and personal & professional development. In particular, we provide and promote the use of proven effective mindfulness-based interventions (MBI’s). Our dual focus is on transforming individual lives as well as transforming the corrections system as a whole in order to mitigate its extremely destructive impact on families, communities and the overall social capital of our society.”

This work has the potential to make a significant difference in the communities where individuals are incarcerated. A major tool used in prison programs led by PMI is Path of Freedom®, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) model for at-risk and incarcerated youth and adult prisoners developed by Kate Crisp and Fleet Maull.

Here’s a link to a video about use of this program: https://vimeo.com/46701853

If you’re interested in finding out about where programs have been offered, here’s a link to more details: https://ow.ly/R2pqJ

It’s great to see how mindfulness can be used in this unique way to serve not only a population of incarcerated individuals, but also to positively impact the communities in which prisons are located.

I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful month of mindfulness, and I look forward to sharing more resources in my next post. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the box below.