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If the Beautiful See Themselves, They Will Love Themselves: Contemplative Practice and Cultural Healing

Veta Goler


This essay, originally delivered as the 2nd annual Arthur Zajonc Lecture on Contemplative Education during CMind’s 2018 Contemplative Pedagogy Seminar, emphasizes the importance of works by black women artists in, and beyond, the context of the American black liberation struggle. Through discussions of the work of Dianne McIntyre, Alice Coltrane, Alice Walker, and Minnie Evans, the author demonstrates how the contemplative practices of creative expression are a means of growth and learning, helping all people to see their own beauty, connect with the Divine within, and thrive.


creativity; cultural healing; Black liberation; contemplative arts

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