Many people feel an urgency to speak up for the changes they want to see in their world. Most of these activists wouldn't immediately connect their efforts with meditation. Some social activists may want to learn how to meditate, but don't know how to start to simply sit still. Author Jan Bidwell has worked for change for forty years. As a daily meditator she knows the power of meditation to strengthen a person to work as a political and social activist; and in thirty years of teaching meditation, she knows the powerful impact meditation can have for people facing hard realities.
Jan Bidwell, MSW, LCSW, is a Social Worker, psychotherapist, a mindfulness and meditation teacher, a small business owner, a political activist, and seasoned organizer of charitable foundations. Jan ran for office three times, including NJ State Senate. Jan has helped people work on their outer lives and their inner environments for decades. Jan is trained in Gestalt Therapy and advanced meditation techniques. After earning her Masters of Social Work from New York University, Jan completed 7 years of advanced institute training. Jan has been meditating for over 30 years and understands how working with attention on a daily basis helps all aspects of life. She works with people to be attentive and focused, thereby enhancing their ability to be resilient, relaxed, and reduce their level of stress.