Today I attended the 2014 Mansfield Conference at the University of Montana (UM) entitled: Fight for Hope & Freedom, Human Trafficking, Montana & The World. It was open and free to the public so I went simply as a concerned citizen wanting to learn and understand more about this global problem. I knew very little about human trafficking going into this conference so I learned quite a bit and appreciated the speakers and the information they shared.
I went into this conference thinking of how to transfer my experience today into a blog post. I took notes and collected handouts throughout the day – I even took pictures! But as I sit here now typing I am not as interested in painting a picture that includes all of the statistics, facts, studies, numbers, and evidence based information that I learned about today. Instead, I would like to talk about how we as mindful practitioners might better be able to stay informed about heavy, challenging world affairs without becoming overwhelmed or cynical.