Keynote and Panelist
Dr. Yuria Celidwen
is of Indigenous Nahua and Maya descent and is from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. Her interests lie in the interdisciplinary approaches to the experience of self-transcendence; its embodiment in contemplative practice; and how it enhances prosocial behavior (ethics, compassion, kindness, reverence, and a sense of awe, love, and sacredness) across Indigenous contemplative traditions. She will lead the PoCC attendees in the Social Justice Summit focused on “Healing & Wholeness as Love, Power, and Resistance.”
scholar, she works on the intersection of Indigenous studies, cultural psychology, and contemplative studies. Her thesis on “The Ethics of Belonging” is an earth-based ecological relational experience that engenders an ethos of conscious social responsibility for self, community, and environment. In it she examines how self identity relates to cultural narratives and how reconstructing them can transform our times’ social and racial injustices. She teaches Indigenous epistemologies and spirituality and pioneered the Indigenous contemplative experience within contemplative studies.
activist, she strives for Indigenous representation and the revitalization of Indigenous wisdom as sophisticated systems of contemplative insight. She emphasizes the reclamation, regeneration, and transmission of Indigenous ways of knowing and the advancement of Indigenous rights and the rights of the earth for social and environmental justice.
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