How Meditation Could Help Make People Less Racist

These findings add to a growing body of research about how mindfulness could be a useful tool in the fight against racism (among other things). It may sound like a bunch of hocus-pocus to those unfamiliar with the well-studied benefits of mediation, but mindful practices like LKM have the potential to snap people out of their automatic thinking and promote empathy. 

Of course, more research needs to be done before we can say that this is a viable way of combatting systemic racism — you can’t force bigoted people to meditate, after all. But according to the study’s authors, understanding how to harness the right kinds of positive emotions through mindfulness could be the key to promoting this kind of thinking outside the lab.

Rebecca Adams