Not knowing, Bearing Witness and Appropriate Action. Fleet Maull
Fleet is the training director at the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. The Engaged Mindfulness Institute delivers trainings developed from a rich tradition of spiritually grounded, contemplative and mindfulness-based peace and social change work and the latest developments in neuroscience-based leadership training. The institute specializes in training professionals and volunteers who support at-risk individuals, communities and underserved populations.
Fleet is a trainer, coach, educator, prison reform activist, and peace worker with over 25 years experience. He teaches engaged spirituality and contemplative approaches to social action and peacemaking at Naropa University. He is a certified trainer with the Center for Council Training, Peacemaker Circle International, and HeartStream Education. Fleet is a senior meditation teacher in both the Zen Peacemaker and Shambhala Buddhist communities.
It’s safety first.
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Fleet talks about being brought up in a household tainted by alcoholism and the constant threat of unsafety, and unpredictability. Fleet began an interest in spirituality and Buddhist meditation early on, though concurrent with that was involved in drugs which eventually led to 14 years in a federal prison. While in prison, Fleet’s meditation and spiritual practice became alive and he became engaged in teaching others about the benefits of meditation. These experiences formed the foundation of the work he would do when he got out.
- We have to do our own work. Find the skills to do your own work and keep doing your own work.
- Be in an ongoing relationship with your supervisor or mentor. And this is life-long.
- Learn some kind of contemplative practice for training the mind to develop greater capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation.
- Continually study with the great teachers, and become a life-long learner.
Fleet’s Go-To Books
- Waking the Tiger, Peter Levine
- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, Bessel van der Kolk
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment, Pat Ogden