On the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day on 8 March 2021, Karuna-Shechen committed to advocating for women, and creating programs that enable women to reach their full potential. To mark the event, we hosted a round table discussion with 3 inspiring women: Caroline Lesire, Hermès Garanger and Laurence Bibas. The theme? Women’s empowerment through meditative tools.

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Caroline Lesire is co-founder of Émergences. “Through the practice of mediation, we explore and get to know the different emotional tones that are within us, allowing us to be more accurate in our daily lives with ourselves and our environment.”

Hermès Garanger is a speaker and author. “Meditation is about giving your mind a daily holiday. It’s about finding a balance between an active life and a meditative break.”

Laurence Bibas is a pioneer of Mindfulness in France. “Meditation is a space of possibilities. Daily practice, year after year, allows us to cultivate and become this space.

What can we learn from this exchange ?

In our fast-paced lives, where the demands of performance add to the pressures we face, the practice of mindfulness allows us to connect with the present moment, and thus cultivate a balance between our active lives and the quiet of a meditative pause.

Meditation trains our minds to be clearer and more discerning. We take care of our physical hygiene each day. Meditation is our mental hygiene; a shower of consciousness that creates a space for integration of our experiences.

Conscious pause develops our capacity to pay attention to ourselves and to our environment. By bringing this awakened and caring presence into our daily lives, we connect more readily with our current emotional tones. Practicing meditation enables us to adapt to our daily challenges in a more skillful manner. We discover an ease of connection between our inner truth and the demands of our environment.

Practicing meditation year after year significantly enhances the clarity of our thoughts. This “empowerment” allows us to discern the causes of suffering and helps us to ease the suffering through our actions.