Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis
by Thaïs Mazur, PhD and Wendy Wood, PhD
RioKai Press 2016
Thaïs Mazur, Ph.D. and Wendy Wood, Ph.D. are authors, researchers, professors, and leaders in the field of narrative research, social change, and mindful engagement. Working internationally, Dr. Wood and Dr. Mazur serve traumatized and marginalized individuals, communities and organizations through mediation, conflict management, integrative health education, and trainings on compassion in action. They offer customized presentations, consultations, trainings, workshops and retreats on engaging in ways that bring actions into the world in a way that Does No Harm – supporting change people are hoping to initiate and assisting with navigating complex challenges by working from one’s innermost integrity. They are the co-founders and directors of The Karuna Center for Mindful Engagement. www.thekarunacenter.org
Thaïs Mazur holds a doctorate in Human Science and is an author and an award-winning journalist and has been published in numerous news journals and magazines. She has directed international projects in integrative health and environmental/social justice and is the author of Warrior Mothers: Stories to Awaken the Flames of the Heart and a contributing author to Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. Dr. Mazur lives in Northern California.
Wendy Wood holds a doctorate in Human Science and is a mediator and author. She has worked as a peacebuilder internationally, mediates with high conflict individuals, families, communities, and organizations, and a contributor to the documentary film First Impressions: Exposure to Violence and A Child’s Developing Brain and a contributing author to Understanding Your Body: Every Woman’s Guide to Gynecology and Health. Wendy lives in Northern California.
The collective trauma of a nation, a community, a family, a child or a devastating environmental disaster asks us to show up in the best way we can, in a way that promotes peace and reconciliation, healing, transformation, and does no harm – or at least not make things worse.
There is growing concern about the state of the world and how we may navigate and at the very least, mitigate complex global challenges. People are searching for guidance and ways to create effective and sustainable change.
In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Wendy Wood and Dr. Thaïs Mazur share the stories of seventeen people who are active in the fields of social and environmental justice, health, education, and peace and reconciliation. These stories reflect the qualities they have found to be critical in their work, revealing their thinking as to the nature of our collective social and environmental responsibility. It calls upon the reader to search deeply within about how his or her own experiences might be shaped by these qualities of meaningful engagement and altruism, thus asking the profound question: What is truly required to work in ways that Do No Harm?
Do No Harm: Mindful Engagement for a World in Crisis imparts essential qualities to live and work in ways that Do No Harm and offers examples of altruism and ‘real world wisdom’. It is a timely and essential book that brings to life the power of compassion in action.
Tell me about your book, Do No Harm. Who is it for, and what is its premise?
Story has always been one of the most powerful tools to convey a message or give meaning to events…..James R. Doty, MD
From the Preface:
The collective trauma of a nation, a community, a family, a child, or a devastating environmental disaster asks us to show up in the best way we can, in a way that promotes peace and reconciliation, healing, transformation, and does no harm – or at least not make things worse…..