Zvi Bellin

Title: Meaning in Life, Marginalization, and Mindfulness: A mixed methods study

Name: Zvi Bellin

Affiliation:  John F. Kennedy University

implications for practice: Addresses the culturally sensitive integration of mindfulness in clinical work to benefit the sense of meaning in life in lives of marginalized members of society.

implications for research: Presents data from an ongoing mixed-methods study looking at the relationship of meaning in life (Meaning in Life Questionnaire), mindfulness (Five Facets of Mindfulness  Questionnaire), and marginalization (Social Comparison Scale & Other as Shamer Scale).


People who belong to historically marginalized groups in society (for example, People of Color and/or LGBTQ people) can experience overwhelming challenges to their sense of meaning in life. This workshop will explore how involvement in mindfulness practice and mindfulness communities have helped those who are marginalized connect with a sense of meaning in life, despite experiencing ongoing social oppression. I will present mixed-methods research that will be used to spark a conversation about how we as clinicians and researchers can act as advocates for change in our communities. We will look at quantitative data from a U.S. sample that looks at mindfulness as a mediator between marginalization and meaning in life. More specifically, we will explore which facets of mindfulness are most helpful towards this end. We will also look at qualitative narrative data that provides a thick description of how meaning in life, marginalization, and mindfulness both collaborate and conflict.