My local focused MBSR study which I’m integrating with my yoga practice and offerings is with teacher is Gus Castellanos: http://innerinmate.com/
The following detailed information was taken directly from Gus’s email newsletter:
Mindfulness then, can be a spiritually directed practice thru its Classical teachings, as well as a method to improve one’s health, well-being and quality of life thru its more recent Secular Therapeutic and Instrumental methods.
However, both the Spiritual and secular forms of mindfulness focus primarily on the individual, subjectively and objectively, and tend to ignore the toxic institutions, stressful work environments, and sick systems that drive people to seek mindfulness in the first place. Hence, the misuse and commodification of mindfulness (over promising for personal gain and McMindfulness). What may be missing from the individual-focused practices are the collective forms of mindfulness as demonstrated by the intersubjective/interpersonal (the ‘we space’) and inter-objective/socially transformative (social justice) orientations. This more Integrally informed mindfulness,supplements and expands existing mindfulness programs by including more perspectives and approaches. We can step outside of the current modes of practicing and critically examine them from more encompassing, transcendent perspectives, helping to bring about more inclusive relationships whereby we begin to explicitly name, call out and discuss issues such as social justice, climate change, corporate greed while fostering care, connectedness, and well-being for all.In summary then, the term mindfulness can be used to describe a spiritual (classical) phenomenon, a self-oriented (secular) phenomenon, and sometimes a social (Integral) phenomenon. Regardless of what we call it, let mindfulness contribute to the evolution of human development towards more beneficial and universal ways of being, healing, fulfillment, & relating…the alternative to which may not be so pretty!
Then, love the world.”