It’s okay to meditate, do yoga, etc., while fighting for social justice. In fact, it’s necessary.

Four years ago, I left a cushy tech industry job to work alongside teachers, bus drivers, and other workers in the labor movement. Burying my head in the sand and looking out for myself hadn’t been enough. Our society is so violent, backwards, and corrupt. I had to starting helping change it. But sometimes I …

How meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices can blind you from inequality

You may have not encountered the term “spiritual bypassing,” but you’ve definitely experienced someone doing just that. Coined in the 1980s by psychologist John Welwood, it means the “use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs.” In other words, it’s pretending — often unconsciously — that our spirituality and …