Promoting Peace Through Meditation

  • Mirjam Quinn
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


While much of the research conceptualizes peacebuilding via exo-or macrosystemic lenses, in more recent years, a number of researchers (e.g., Blumberg, Hare, & Costin, 2006; Kool, 2008) have argued that nurturing peace within the individual is a prerequisite toward peacebuilding on a larger ecological scale. This chapter develops a theoretical framework for understanding the practice of peacefulness through the lens of intrapersonal, protective socioemotional skills including mindful awareness, emotion regulation, and compassion. A combination of two meditation practices (mindfulness meditation and metta meditation) can help teach the mindful awareness, emotion regulation, and compassion that individuals need to successfully recognize and navigate opportunities for peacebuilding.


Peace Emotion regulation Mindfulness Violence Community psychology 


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  • Mirjam Quinn
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  1. 1.Mirjam Quinn and Associates, Ltd.Oak LawnUSA

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