Sacred Contemplative Practices: An Indigenous Approach to Wellness

Michael Yellow Bird

  • How the act of honoring natural land can help you feel you are part of something valuable
  • Understanding Indigenous mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your practice
  • Opening up pathways in the brain by connecting with the more than human world
  • Understanding and observing the different languages of plant life and forestry
  • Using sacred contemplative practices to replace negative patterns of thought with healthy, productive ones

Michael Yellow Bird, MSW, PhD, is an enrolled member of the MHA Nation (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara) in North Dakota and Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. He is also the founder and director of The Centre for Mindful Decolonization and Reconciliation. He has been active in re-introducing the practice of mindfulness to Native American and Indigenous communities, globally, and presenting on the neurobiology of traditional Indigenous contemplative practices.

Yellow Bird is the author of numerous scholarly articles/reports, book chapters, and co-editor of four books on decolonization. He is the co-author of two books,: A Sahnish (Arikara) Ethnobotany (2020), and Decolonizing Holistic Pathways Towards Integrative Healing in Social Work (2021).

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