Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

What are Contemplative Practices? Contemplative practices quiet the mind in order to cultivate a personal capacity for deep concentration and insight. Examples of contemplative practice include not only sitting in silence but also many forms of single-minded concentration including meditation, contemplative prayer, mindful walking, focused experiences in nature, yoga and other contemporary physical or artistic practices. We also consider various kinds of ritual and ceremony designed to create sacred space and increase insight and awareness to be forms of contemplative practice … (full long text).

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About the Center 2/2: The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness and contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society.  

Contemplative practices, including prayer, meditation, yoga, and many contemplative arts, help individuals regain balance and calm in the midst of challenging circumstances. This state of calm centeredness provides effective stress reduction and can also help address issues of meaning, values, and spirit. Contemplative practices can help people develop greater empathy and communication skills, improve focus and concentration, reduce stress and enhance creativity. In time, with sustained commitment, they cultivate insight, wise discernment, and a loving and compassionate approach to life.

While personal transformation does not guarantee the transformation of social institutions, the Center is grounded in the belief that contemplative awareness can assist individuals and groups in identifying the root causes of social problems and finding creative approaches to eliminating them.

How We Work:

We work in program areas which explore and promote the effectiveness of contemplative practices. Our primary programs at this time focus on Higher Education and Law. We hold retreats, workshops or training sessions, create publications, identify useful resources and connect like-minded individuals and organizations to help promote a stronger network of people working to bring contemplative practice to contemporary life.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions about our organization. Or, feel free to contact us by email.

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: Contemplative education on wikipedia.

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