This week I sit down with Carol Horton, PhD to discuss the reactivity and outrage defining our current cultural moment and the unraveling of the American Left in the Age of Trump. Carol specializes in the intersection of yoga, politics and culture. We discuss some of the trends in American politics and culture and consider what contemplative practices have to offer us in this particular historical moment of outrage and reactivity.
Carol Horton, Ph.D., is a writer, educator, and activist working at the intersection of mindful yoga, social science, and healing justice. Carol is the author or editor of five books:
Yoga PhD: Integrating the Life of the Mind & the Wisdom of the Body (author)
21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, & Practice (co-editor, with Roseanne Harvey)
Best Practices for Yoga with Veterans (editor)
Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System (editor)
Race and the Making of American Liberalism (author)
Carol is vice-president of the Yoga Service Council and a co-founder of Chicago’s Socially Engaged Yoga Network. She is a member of the Ethics & Conduct Committee for the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project. Carol serves as an associate editor of the scholarly journal Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity and as a peer reviewer for Race and Yoga.
Carol has taught yoga in Chicago’s Cook County Jail, a drop-in center for homeless women, a residential foster care facility, a community health center, and several independent studios. An ex-political science professor and policy researcher, she holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago.
Topics that Carol and I cover:
Making sense of ancient teachings through a contemporary lens
The Rise of Jordan Peterson
Reactivity & outrage defining current US cultural moment
Growing Intolerance on the Left
Me Too Movement and Gender Politics
Erosion of nuance and complexity in our political discourse
Role that contemplative practices can play in creating a better climate
Recommended written work from Carol: