Feb. 12, 2013

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From Mindful In Bedlam by Daniel Labbe (author's profile)
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Dear Susan,

Thank you SO much for your encouraging comment on my last blog post. It means a lot to learn that my words are not going unnoticed and are able to help others. As you can tell, I'm excited about the skills I blog about. They have helped me so much when all other methods failed. I can't tell you how much my life has changed, even here in prison, due to the use of these skills. Because I personally know how effective they are I'm excited about sharing them with others in hopes of helping ANYONE seeking personal transformation.

I no longer run the mindful living group as I am focused on new projects, but it ran successfully for 18 months and I was able to prove to myself that I could facilitate a group that others found helpful. When released I plan on creating a similar group for those seeking positive change. I'll be able to make use of the internet to add additional support to the group.

My next blog (after the one I just submitted on the warrior and victim mentality) will be on how the public can support positive reform in the prison system. I believe that the current "tough on crime" and punishment focused mentality has greatly decreased public safety and is an embarrassment to a country that boasts human rights advocacy. It's hard to know what bills are currently up for consideration without internet access. I suggest supporting anything based on rehabilitation, and reintegration support, and education. So many studies show that such programs are effective. It's mind-boggling why we still embrace a punishment based model even when we know it actually INCREASES the risk of recidivism. Obviously, public safety isn't what's driving the policy makers.

If you have any suggestions for future blog posts or questions for me I would love to hear them.

Thanks again for your support. It is hard to stay motivated in such a negative environment. Just knowing that you have enjoyed and share my posts is inspiring.

Take care, and always remember what the Buddha said: It is your mind that creates this world.



Feel free to leave a comment or write to:
Daniel Labbe W858567
1 Administration Rd
Bridgewater, MA 02324

P.S. In support of my next post on prison reform, it may be helpful to forward it to media sources such as WCVB Boston and The Boston Globe with a comment of support - or anyone else including local Congress Reps and the governor's office of Massachusetts.


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susan Posted 11 years ago. ✓ Mailed 11 years ago   Favorite
Hi Daniel,

Thank you for another great post. I will send your upcoming post on prison reform to my state legislators.

I agree with you that public safety doesn't seem to be #1 priority - it seems to be the need to be able to point fingers and give blame. A good friend reminds me that it's easier to blame yourself than to admit that the world is chaotic and frightening. It's also easier to blame and punish someone who broke the law (or is just accused of doing so) beyond what is fair, than to admit that we have a complex, messy governmental, social welfare, health, etc. system that isn't meeting everyone's needs.

It's good to know there are people like you who are working to have us all address that unsettling fact head on and try to make a more equitable legal system and society.

Thank you,

Daniel Labbe Posted 10 years, 11 months ago.   Favorite
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susan Posted 10 years, 11 months ago. ✓ Mailed 10 years, 10 months ago   Favorite
Hi Daniel,

"This being human in a human society is hard for everyone" and "All dysfunctional behavior is merely an unskilled attempt at gaining happiness or at gaining relief from suffering" both really resonated with me. They stir up and reinforce compassion.

I'm currently working on a school social action project around why those with mental illness tend to get incarcerated for things that are often symptoms of untreated illness, rather than getting treatment. I've been doing a lot of reading about rates of mental illnesses in prisons and the lack of treeatment coordination pre, during, and post-jail - so I'm definitely trying to grapple with the big picture.

I think it's remarkable that you have been able to find peace and compassion in such environments and says a lot about your internal strengths and capacities.


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